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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# air pollution

This year
# Clean Air Act
Ireland's first clean air strategy to target pollution for sake of health and environment
The government has published a plan to significantly improve Ireland’s air quality.
# Traffic fumes
Air pollution damaging at all stages of life, research shows
In children, it can stunt lung growth, cause asthma and affect blood pressure, cognitive abilities and mental health.
Last year
# factfind
FactFind: Will planned turf regulations reduce air pollution?
Turf and other solid fuels contribute to air pollution – which can have damaging health effects.
'How many deaths should we tolerate?': Eamon Ryan compares turf plans to the smoking ban
Govt told to 'go back to the bog' as Taoiseach pledges 'no ban on use of turf this year'
All time
Opinion: A roaring fire might be cosy, but it's causing serious health issues
Irish Heart Foundation CEO Dr Tim Collins says we need to understand just how dangerous open fires are to our health.
# smoky coal
Poll: Have you noticed poor air quality where you live?
The Government has announced proposals for a nationwide ban on the sale and burning of smoky coal.
# Pollution
Plume of Sahara dust causes spike in European air pollution
The cloud of fine sand blown northward from Algeria tinted skies red and mixed with snowfall in the Alps and Pyrenees, leaving slopes looking orange.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy helps you find out if you are in an area prone to floods, landslides, high radon and more.
# air pollution
Thousands of Covid-19 deaths could be linked to air pollution – study
Researchers estimate that around 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide could be attributed to long-term exposure to tiny particles of pollution.
# Pollution
Link between strokes and air pollution rise in winter, RCSI research finds
Higher levels of nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide showed a 3.5% higher risk of stroke.
Opinion: After the Covid-19 masks are gone, will we breathe cleaner air?
Dr Karen Moore of the An Taisce Green-Schools programme wonders if despite Covid-19 and the lockdown, can we take some long-lasting benefits from it all – for the air we breathe, our health and quality of life.
Opinion: We need serious help to 'stop burning stuff' to heat our homes
UCC researcher calls for a broader range of clean energy initiatives as small towns suffer air pollution from residential solid fuel burning.
# Limerick
'A toxic decision': Protest planned after EPA gives green light for Irish Cement Ltd to burn waste
Limerick Against Pollution said “4,400 objections” were lodged against the plans.
# air pollution
Black carbon from air pollution 'found in placentas'
Air pollution is known to have potentially devastating impacts on children’s health.
# air pollution
Enniscorthy to become the New Delhi of Ireland if smoky coal ban not rolled out, Dáil hears
The delay in expanding the smoky coal ban nationwide is due to fears over court action.
# Breathing
Children born today will die 20 months sooner than expected because of air pollution
The new research shows that air pollution now rivals smoking as a fact in life expectancy reduction.
# The Lancet
Pollution linked to nine million deaths around the world in 2015 (and close to 1,800 of those were in Ireland)
A major study in The Lancet looked at the effect pollution has on countries around the world.
# Petrol v Diesel
Are diesel cars really better for the environment than petrol ones?
Short answer: no. And here’s why.
# deep breath
The UK is getting slammed for its air quality levels - so how does Ireland fare?
The UK’s poor air quality ratings are thought to cause more than 40,000 premature deaths a year.
# room to breathe
UK to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars by 2040 'to clean up dirty air on roads'
The UK follows France in announcing plans to phase out such vehicles in just over 20 years’ time.
# what do you think
Poll: Do you think a 'no idling' policy should be enforced near schools?
Ireland is facing a multi-million euro fine from the EU each year if it doesn’t reduce its emissions.
# air pollution
Irish children from deprived families twice as likely to be exposed to second-hand-smoke
32.7% of nine-year-olds from Ireland’s lowest-income families are exposed to secondary smoke daily.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Denis Naughten right about the deaths caused by air pollution in Ireland?
The Climate Action Minister says four people die every day due to air pollution. We put his claim to the test.
# Not happening
European cities are banning cars for a day ... but Ireland's not getting involved
Limerick did so in 2014.
# breathe deep
This app aims to help you avoid the areas with most air pollution
This app reads the level of air pollution in your environment.
# Pollution
Fears for Ireland's air after health warnings in the UK
Ireland’s air quality suffered from dust that was carried from the Sahara desert over the weekend.
# risk factor
Even low levels of air pollution can lead to lung cancer, major new study shows
Researchers found that there was “no threshold below which there was no risk” in a major study of 300,000 people.
# Autism
Women in areas of high air pollution more likely to have autistic babies
Researchers said the findings suggest that metals and other pollutants should be regularly measured in the blood of pregnant women.
# Pollution
Phil Hogan: I want smoky coal to be banned within the next 3 years
Smoky coal is already banned in 27 towns and cities around the country, but now the Minister for the Environment says he wants to see it nationwide.
# air quality
Pollution 'causes 3,400 early deaths' in Ireland, says An Taisce
An Taisce also said that poor air quality is costing the country up to €6.3 billion per year in lost days at work and health costs.
# breathe deep
Here's one thing Ireland is getting right...
That air you’re breathing right now? It’s some of the best in Europe.