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Air Pollution

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Research Confirms Long-held Belief That Polluted Air Causes Cancer

According to new research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, outdoor air pollution has now been categorized as carcinogenic to humans.

10/18/2013

Pollution

Study: Kids Exposed To Air Pollution At Young Age At Higher Risk Of Hyperactivity

A new study has found that children who are exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollution at a young age are more at risk of being hyperactive.

05/23/2013

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New Report Ranks Pennsylvania Third For Most Toxic Air Pollution

Pennsylvania is in the top three states with the most toxic air pollution. That’s according to data released on Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Clean Air Council.

08/09/2012

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Chester, Pa. Approves Smoking Ban Near Parks and Playgrounds

Chester City Council adopted an ordinance, the first of its kind in Southeastern Pennsylvania, that bans smoking within 50 feet of parks, playgrounds, pools, and recreation centers in the city.

06/29/2012

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High Ozone Level Triggers Hot-Weather ‘Code Orange’ Alert For Region

Philadelphia and its surrounding counties are under a “code orange,” meaning the air contains unhealthy levels of ozone.

06/21/2012

Pollution

Health: State Of The Air

The American Lung Association is out with its annual State of the Air report, and our area is among the 10 most polluted.

04/25/2012

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Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Lift Doctor-Patient Gag Order in Marcellus Shale Law

Pennsylvania’s new law governing Marcellus shale gas drilling — Act 13 — bars doctors and other health professions from sharing information about what chemicals are used in the process.

04/19/2012

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Philadelphia Among America’s Smoggiest Cities, Says Environmental Group

Michael Tracht of Penn Environment says Philadelphia is the fifth smoggiest big city based on the number of days when the air was unhealthy, both in 2010 and this summer.

09/21/2011

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Pennsylvania’s Air Ranked Second Most Toxic In The Nation

Pennsylvania is one of two states topping the list in a new study on toxic air levels.

07/20/2011

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Exercise Caution In Polluted Air

Air pollution is now considered a risk factor for heart attacks, based on dozens of studies. The quality of the air we breathe plays a role in both the short term and the long run.

02/28/2011