Outdoor air pollution causes 3.7 million deaths each year
FRISCO — A new study by an Australian researcher underscores the fact that, when it comes to air pollution, there are no safe levels.
The research by Adrian Barnett, of the Queensland University of Technology, shows that the Australian government’s standards for key outdoor air pollutants are misleading, as many authorities wrongly assume them to be ‘safe’ thresholds for health.
But Barnett’s modeling shows that, if levels of those pollutants were all to rise to just below the government-set limit, it would result in 6,000 additional deaths and more then 20,000 hospital visits. Continue reading