Health, Environment
Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere
Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere Runny nose, watery eyes and cough; these are the symptoms associated with respiratory allergies. About 20% to 30% of Europeans suffer from some type of respiratory allergy , according to the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Associations .
Greater granularity on anthropogenic emission
Greater granularity on anthropogenic emission Anthropogenic emissions have, until now, been collected, but not harmonised . These consist, for example, of data of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, smog, methane, CO 2 and even pollen and dust produced, among others by heavy industry and power plants.
Towards effective spatial mosquito repellent
Towards effective spatial mosquito repellent Global warming is leading to an increase in mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria . It is considered the plague of developing countries. According to the World Health Organisation , it is responsible for one child death every minute.
Professor Kostas Iatrou – Combatting malaria using natural mosquito repellents
Professor Kostas Iatrou – Combatting malaria using natural mosquito repellents A major challenge in combatting malaria is to develop effective yet sustainable mosquito repellents.  Now, the ENAROMaTIC project, a European effort to reduce the spread of malaria completed in 2012, may have done just that.
When air quality governs traffic management
When air quality governs traffic management Poor air quality costs Europe more than €700 million per year, in health expenditures and loss of economic performance, according to official EU sources.
Air quality models: new health prevention tools
Air quality models: new health prevention tools We are all exposed to polluted air. Among main air pollutants are nitrogen oxides —the so-called ‘NOx ‘— and ozone , which cause irritation of respiratory tract and eyes, favouring cough, lung infections in children and asthma.
Laurence Rouïl - policymakers now trust air quality models
Laurence Rouïl - policymakers now trust air quality models Air quality is a public health issue. As recently as last October, the World Health Organisation classified global outdoor air pollution as ‘ carcinogenic to humans .
Forecasting air pollution
Forecasting air pollution Air quality is not a local problem. Like clouds moving through the sky, pollution is transported from one location to another by wind patterns in the atmosphere .
David Kay: cleaning up Europe’s bathing waters
David Kay: cleaning up Europe’s bathing waters Europe’s bathing water has come a long way in the last few decades. Especially since the EU Bathing Water Directive in 1976, countries have worked to eliminate sewage contamination in the waters we swim or paddle in.
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe? Silver has been used as biocide for medical purposes since the 1930s. Today nanometric size silver particles are used to prevent unpleasant odour caused by bacteria in sport shirts or socks .
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic People living in Arctic areas can be more sensitive to pollutants due to their genetics , says researcher Arja Rautio at the Centre for Arctic Medicine in the University of Oulu , Finland.
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming Ari Asmi talks to youris.com about the link between aerosols and global warming. His expertise stems from his previous role as coordinator in an EU funded project called EUCAARI .
Under the weather, literally
Under the weather, literally We can blame all sorts of things on the weather. But a stomach bug?  It seems unlikely. Yet, scientists say greater quantities of rainfall and bigger storms will lead to more stomach upsets in parts of Europe.
Prof. Jordy Sunyer "The role of environmental pollutants in our daily life is something completely new"
Prof. Jordy Sunyer "The role of environmental pollutants in our daily life is something completely new" From 13th to 16th September 13 to 16 Barcelona hosted the 2011 ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology) congress.
Prof. Lynn Margulis: "I want to stay as close as possible to nature looking at the lives of cells in very different environments"
Prof. Lynn Margulis: "I want to stay as close as possible to nature looking at the lives of cells in very different environments" Nevertheless Margulis is best known for her theory of symbiogenesis, which challenges a central tenet of neodarwinism.
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health?
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health? Dr. Anne Beeldens and colleagues at the Belgian Road Research Centre have tested air purification efficiency by TiO2 NP-containing pavement blocks on parking lanes in Antwerp.