Fine particulate matter comes from a variety of sources, including motor vehicles, power plants, airplanes, residential wood burning, forest fires and dust storms.
Target, Walmart, and CVS should stop providing plastic bags. People can bring their own bags, or if they have a vehicle, cart their goods to bag or box there.
The study looked at nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter – types of pollution that can cause several health issues, including cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological illnesses.
Overall, Minnesota received good marks for air quality. The state’s “star” in the report, however, was Duluth.
It would take between 10 to 1,000 plants per square meter of floor space to clean a room’s air at the same level as an air purifier — or an open window, researchers found.
“We need to develop air pollution standards which protect the most vulnerable of the population,” said researcher Tim Nawrot.
The study also found that fewer people visit national parks when ozone levels climb.
In some cities, just breathing the air for a day can have the equivalent health effect of smoking a cigarette.
The specific pollutants cited in the study are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
World Health Organization estimates that sooty particles are responsible for one-eighth of all deaths around the globe.
Physicians, nurses, researchers and other health professionals need to have their voices heard as Minnesota decides how it will cut air pollution levels over the next 15 years.
We must support the expansion of renewable energy, efficiency standards and flexible solutions to air pollution and climate change in Minnesota.
To better understand the risks of short-term exposure, the researchers analyzed 103 studies involving 6.2 million stroke-related hospitalizations and/or deaths in 28 countries.
More than 3 million deaths worldwide each year can be attributed to ambient (outdoor) air pollution, the heart-disease experts point out.
A discussion with Kathleen Schuler, a member of the Minnesota Public Health Association’s Policy and Advocacy Committee, who is calling for a formal health risk assessment of the proposed PolyMet mine.
The findings from Los Angeles International Airport suggest that the pollution affects a wider area that previously thought and that the impact is worse than from roadway traffic.