Volume 90 Issue 32 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 6, 2012

Air Pollution Test Might Miss Toxicity

Environment: Air-exhaust mix is more toxic than widely used method suggests, study finds
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: air pollution, aerosols, volatile organic chemicals, secondary organic aerosols

The mixture of particulates and chemicals found in urban air is more toxic to lung cells than a common test suggests, report researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es301431s). The finding sheds light on how the complex blend of particulates, gases, and semivolatile species in urban air may affect health.

Atmospheric chemist Harvey E. . . .

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