Something In The Air - The Nature Of Things Episode
Date: Feb 17, 2019
Matthew, featured in Something in the Air, a documentary from The Nature of Things, is a busy, athletic 10-year-old. He loves playing outside and just tried out for hockey. But he also has asthma and had to move because he couldn’t breathe in the city.
Matthew didn’t live in Delhi or Beijing — his family had to move from Toronto.
Something In The Air - Article
Date: Feb 17, 2019
“According to research from the World Health Organization, more than 80 per cent of people living in urban zones that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels exceeding the WHO’s limits.
WHO adds that air pollution is the biggest environmental risk to health, causing one in every nine deaths annually around the world.”
The Polluted Brain:
Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer's, dementia
Date: Jan 26, 2017
"...researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada reported in The Lancet that among 6.6 million people in the province of Ontario, those living within 50 meters of a major road—where levels of fine pollutants are often 10 times higher than just 150 meters away—were 12% more likely to develop dementia than people living more than 200 meters away."
Inactive lifestyle linked to ozone-related lung disease
Date: Dec 6, 2016
"An inactive lifestyle may increase the risk of environmentally induced asthma symptoms. In a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency"
Air Pollution’s Toll on Heart May Begin Early
Date: Oct 25, 2016
"The study, in Circulation Research, found consistent relationships between levels of air pollution and damage to cells in the endothelium, the inner lining of the blood vessels. Increasing pollution also suppressed factors that led to growth of blood vessels.
City air pollution could rot your brain: Study
Date: Apr 24, 2015
"Long-term exposure to air pollution showed harmful effects on the brain in this study, even at low levels, particularly with older people and even those who are relatively healthy,"
Air pollution a leading cause of cancer: UN agency
Date: Oct 17, 2013
"The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from air pollution, and said there was also convincing evidence it increases the risk of bladder cancer."
Dryer fire prompts call for vigilance
Date: May 29, 2013
"I was playing with the kids in a fort we made and my wife was upstairs painting, and we both heard a bang,... But 30 seconds later my wife called me and said it was fully engulfed,"
London air pollution worse in Ontario
Date: Jan 8, 2010
"More than 6% of the pollutants released are suspected of causing cancer, while more than 9% are linked to reproductive and developmental defects. Examples of chemicals released include benzene and arsenic."
"The findings aren't a surprise, but it sends a strong message that although most of our pollution goes into the air, it does end up in the water"
Read the full article from London Free Press here.