“MIT: vehicle emissions cause 53,000 extra deaths
a year (2013).” Photo credit: Sufiy.
– Editor’s note:
Interestingly, Ed Wiltsie, PE (now deceased) addressed the Yelm City Council in 2005 about their full throttle growth policies and what that would mean for life in Yelm’s future. He said one of the results would be higher air pollution from the traffic increase. His warnings then fell on deaf ears. Now the city is grappling with these issues, even discussing a Yelm building moratorium at the December 5th Study Session.
– “Air Pollution Is Becoming More Dangerous”
* Nine million premature deaths were caused by pollution in 2015, which is 16 percent of deaths worldwide
* The majority of deaths — 6.5 million — were caused by airborne contaminants
* Both indoor air pollution, particularly from household cooking and burning wood for heat, and outdoor pollution, including from coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions, were problematic
* Certain nutrients, including omega-3 fats and B vitamins, may buffer some of the health effects of air pollution
By Dr. Mercola.
– UPDATE: December 27, 2017
“Air Pollution Damages Neurons, Leads to Infertility and Birth Defects”
* Air pollution doesn’t respect state or country borders and is responsible for 6.4 million deaths worldwide and $21 billion in costs
* Very small particulate pollution is now linked to poor sperm quality that may affect fertility, low birth weight births and birth defects, as well as may lead to antisocial behavior, including theft, truancy, arson and substance abuse, in teens
* Global burden associated with air pollution is immense; however, dietary strategies may help protect your health, such as consuming animal-based omega-3 fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables and vitamins C, E, B6, B9 and B12
By Dr. Mercola