Study Finds Connection Between Rising Number Of Deaths And Exposure To Pollution

Air pollution causes premature deaths in the United States; air pollution is reaching a point where all humans get affected, according to new research.

The Study

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found a connection between the rising number of deaths and exposure to the pollutants ozone which leads to smog. When the concentration of the pollutants gets higher, the chances of an early death rise in turn, according to the research.

Despite the fact that air pollution levels in the U.S. have decreased recently due to regulation — including the Clean Air Act — many cities and suffer to find meet air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, the new research believes that such steps to hinder air pollution are not enough: Air pollution causes premature deaths even below those levels.

“We think air quality in the United States is good enough to protect our citizens,” Joel Schwartz, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who authored the study, said in a statement. “In fact we need to lower pollution levels even further.”

This is not the first time to publish a research about how humans are affected by air pollution. However, this recent study has resorted to data from more than 60 million Medicare beneficiaries between 2000 and 2012, compared to other studies that referred to relatively small data sets.

Awareness On The Rise

The developing world is raising awareness of air pollution and its effects on humans. Recent research published in the journal Nature suggested that air pollution causes more than three million deaths annually. But research has also suggested that tens of thousands of people in the U.S. face a premature due to exposure to air pollution.

Apparently, Trump and his administration are working on clean water and clean air. However, “Despite compelling data, the Trump administration is moving headlong in the opposite direction,” scientists wrote in a New England Journal editorial.