No matter how low the level of air pollution, it is still very harmful to human health. A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) claims that even at levels well below the current national safety standards are linked to higher risk of premature death among the elderly.
Globally, an estimated 3.3 million annual premature deaths (5.86% of global mortality) are attributable to outdoor air pollution, although ambient air pollution has been regulated under national laws in many countries.2
The researchers assessed daily air pollution exposures using prediction models that provided accurate estimates of PM2.5 and ozone for most of the U.S., and then linked the air pollution data with mortality data from the entire U.S. Medicare population residing in 39,182 zip codes, over a 13-year period from 2000-2012.1
As the daily pollution levels increased, so did the daily mortality rate. If applied to the whole of the senior population in the US, premature deaths would increase by 550 per year.
Curbing air pollution is not just a corporate responsibility, but also a personal one. Mesa Labs urges all, from corporate to individual, to do their part.
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