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What We Breathe Impacts Our Health: Improving Understanding of the Link between Air Pollution and Health

Abstract

Air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of millions of people each year around the world, and air quality problems are growing in many developing nations. While past policy efforts have succeeded in reducing particulate matter and trace gases in North America and Europe, adverse health effects are found at even these lower levels of air pollution. Future policy actions will benefit from improved understanding of the interactions and health effects of different chemical species and source categories. Achieving this new understanding requires air pollution scientists and engineers to work increasingly closely with health scientists.

Resource Type
Peer-reviewed article
Authors
Jason West Aaron Cohen Frank Dentener Bert Brunekreef Tong Zhu Ben Armstrong Michelle Bell Michael Brauer Gregory Carmichael Dan Costa Douglas Dockery Michael Kleeman Michal Krzyzanowski Nino K├╝nzli Catherine Liousse Shih-Chun Candice Lung Randall Martin Ulrich Poschl Arden Pope James Roberts Armistead Russell Christine Wiedinmyer
Resource URL
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b03827
Publication
Environmental Science & Technology
Journal Abbr.
Environ. Sci. Technol.
Volume
50
Pages
4895-4904
Date
March 24, 2016
DOI
10.1021/acs.est.5b03827
Organization Type
Academic
Health and Human Impact
Respiratory disease
Climate and Environmental Impact
Air pollution
Emission Sources
Conventional energy Energy Conventional
Fossil Fuel
Overview/general
Solution
Climate mitigation/GHG reduction

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