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12/12/2013

CREAL: Air pollution kills well below European Union air quality limits

CREAL: Air pollution kills well below European Union air quality limits


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Prolonged exposure to tiny particles of soot or dust found in traffic fumes and industrial emissions may be more deadly below current European Union (EU) air quality limits than previously thought, according to new research examining two decades of data from over 360 000 residents of large cities in 13 European countries.

The study, published in The Lancet, estimates that for every increase of 5 microgrammes per cubic metre (5 microg/m3) in annual exposure to fine-particle air pollution (PM2.5), the risk of dying from natural causes rises by 7%.

"A difference of 5 microg/m3 can be found between a location at a busy urban road and at a location not influenced by traffic", explains Dr. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, researcher at CREAL (Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology), ISGlobal alliance research centre, who has participated in this study.

 

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