Rising Air Pollution Taking One Year Off Lifespan


Yet another man-made a hazardous disaster, Air Pollution now that it is on its extreme level, it is all ready to claim lives. A report from a new study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin by the leading environmental and public health engineers claim that air pollutions reduce one plus years of the human lifespan. They have also claimed that better and improved air qualities can successful extensions in the lifespan.

Air pollution since the past few decades has become a matter of concern not just because it has a hand involved in reducing the lifespan, but also because it has at a great pace made people disease prone. The citizens residing in an area full of air pollution find it difficult to survive as every day has become a day for a new disease to be born.

Numerous air pollutants including nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, chloro-fluoro carbons have damn harmful effects on the human body. Unhealthy pollution levels which are all in all a contribution of soothing smoke coming out of vehicles and the burning fuels, forest fires, chloro-fluorocarbons in the refrigerants have all contributed a great deal in taking a year off lifespan.

For the first time ever, the data on air pollution and lifespan has been studied together in an attempt to examine and understand the effect and impact of air pollution on the overall life expectancy.

The researches observed the outdoor air pollution level from particulate matter that is smaller than 2.5 microns in size. These particulates are the fine particles that can enter into our respiratory system through lungs and readily increase the risk of cardiac arrests, strokes, respiratory diseases and cancer. The PM2.5 comes from the power plants, vehicles, fire, agricultural and industrial emissions.

This study led by Joshua Apte, in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The findings that the team found after the study are published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, August 22.

Apte who is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and in the Dell Medical School’s Department of Population Health, in his statement said, “The fact that fine particle air pollution is a major global killer is already well known. The fact that fine particle air pollution is a major global killer is already well known. And we all care about how long we live. Here, we were able to systematically identify how air pollution also substantially shortens lives around the world. What we found is that air pollution has a very large effect on survival — on average about a year globally.”

The suggestions are all that someone can give you to help you overcome some problem. They cannot force you to do a task in a certain way. It is our task to eradicate air pollution, improve the air quality that we breathe in so as to help in reducing the ill effects of air pollution.


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