From: Yale Environment 360
Published June 30, 2017 05:11 PM

New Study of U.S. Residents Over 65 Underscores Link Between Air Pollution and Premature Death

A study of 60 million Americans over the age of 65 estimates that thousands of people are still dying prematurely each year because they are breathing polluted air.

The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said these premature deaths are occurring in areas where air pollution levels are lower than federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said that even a modest reduction in what are known as PM2.5 pollution particles — those measuring less than 2.5 microns — could prevent about 12,000 premature deaths annually.

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Image: Average concentrations of fine particulate matter in the continental United States, 2000 through 2012. Credits: QIAN DI ET AL

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