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A simple solution for terrible traffic

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:52:00 EST

Cities plagued with terrible traffic problems may be overlooking a simple, low-cost solution: High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) policies that encourage carpooling can reduce traffic drastically, according to a new study co-authored by MIT economists.(image)

Healthier Air due to the Low Emission Zone

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:11:00 EST

The Low Emission Zone in Leipzig was established in March 2011, allowing only access of Diesel vehicles of Euro4 and higher with few exceptions. The ban of older vehicles and subsequent modernization of the car fleet resulted in slightly reduced PM10 and PM2.5 mass concentrations. However, the mass concentration of black carbon (soot particles) emitted mainly from Diesel vehicles decreased by 60% at the street site. These particles are believed to be most dangerous due to their carcinogenic trace compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Furthermore, also the number concentration of ultrafine particles, which can penetrate deep into the lungs, decreased by approximately 70%. Despite modernized Diesel vehicles, nitrogen oxides concentrations did not follow these trends and remained nearly constant. The main achievement of the Low Emission Zone was the improvement of air quality by the reduction of the most dangerous particles.(image)

Eating Together as a Family Helps Children Feel Better

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:51:00 EST

Children who routinely eat their meals together with their family are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits, a new study shows.(image)

175 years on, study finds where you live still determines your life expectancy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:34:00 EST

Research led by the University of Liverpool has revisited a study carried out 175 years ago which compared the health and life expectancy of people in different parts of the country, including Liverpool, to see if its findings still held true. They found that stark differences still exist and that people living in Liverpool still had lower life expectancy than those living in the rural area of Rutland.(image)

Increased air pollution linked to bad teenage behavior

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:50:00 EST

A new study linking higher levels of air pollution to increased teenage delinquency is a reminder of the importance of clean air and the need for more foliage in urban spaces, a Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher said.(image)

Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:44:00 EST

It’s tempting to believe that the devastating sequence of hurricanes in the Atlantic this year has blown in a new awareness of the risks of rising waters and increasingly powerful storms on our rapidly warming planet. In a rational world, the destruction wrought by these storms would inspire us to redouble our efforts to cut carbon pollution as quickly as possible and begin planning for an orderly retreat to higher ground. (image)

Harmful Effects of Being Overweight Underestimated

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:09:00 EST

The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analysed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death. The University of Bristol study is published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology today [Friday 1 December].(image)