Air Pollution Statistics
Today, air pollution is prevalent in nearly all cities. The level of the pollution may vary, but it will be present. Air pollution statistics are alarming. A few statistics are presented below.
Air Pollution Statistics:
- According to a survey conducted by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), approximately 64,000 people in the US may be dying prematurely each year from cardiopulmonary causes linked to air pollution. This data was gathered by the National Resources Defense Council by correlating findings from a 1995 study by the American Cancer Society and the Harvard Medical School.
- According to reports by the US-EPA, air pollution from power plants contributes to over 2,800 lung cancer deaths and 38,200 heart attacks annually in the US. Emissions from coal-fired power plants alone, accounts for about 30,000 premature deaths in the US each year.
- According to the Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution, carbon dioxide which is a greenhouse gas, is rising at an alarming rate. During the 1990s, carbon dioxide emissions increased approximately 1.3 percent each year. But since 2000, the rate has increased to 3.3 percent per year, with an estimated annual global carbon dioxide emissions increase of 35 percent from 1990 to 2006.
- As per the reports of the Clean Air Task Force, the Boston area ranks number 5 in the country for premature deaths due to diesel pollution annually. In the Massachusetts area alone, diesel emissions are responsible for the following annual statistics:
- 450 premature deaths
- 700 non-fatal heart attacks
- 9,900 asthma attacks
- 13,000 respirator symptoms in children
- 60,000 work loss days
It is estimated that in the most polluted cities, average life spans are shortened by one to two years.
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