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Monday, July 24, 2017

POLLUTION DEATHS

from Harvard School of Public Health and New England Journal of Medicine

A massive study involving the Medicare records of sixty million Americans over sixty-five provides a stronger link between air pollution and premature death. The study from Harvard’s School of Public Health appears in the New England Journal of Medicine. Key findings include long-term exposure to certain air pollutants increases the risk of death even if the pollution is below current national standards. Lowering the levels of one of the pollutants—fine particulate matter—only slightly could save an estimated twelve thousand lives each year. Senior author of the study, professor Joel Schwartz, says while we think air quality in this country is good enough to protect our citizens, the study shows we need to lower pollution levels even more.

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