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Air Pollution Interventions Can Rapidly Improve Public Health

Researchers found that as early as two weeks after a pollution source is removed, hospital visits are reduced and respiratory symptoms experienced by residents improve. As early as two months after the source of pollution is removed, mortality rates may drop as well. The analysis referenced previous cases in which temporary air pollution reduction led to major health differences in residents. In one case, a steel mill in Utah Valley closed for 13 months, resulting in lower hospitalizations linked to pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. School absences were also reduced by 14%, and there was a 16% decrease in mortality. Read more....



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