“Nearly 150 million people, roughly half of the population in the United States, currently live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution that is linked to serious health impacts, such as asthma attacks, lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes and even death. Children are particularly susceptible to the health effects of air pollution because their lungs are still developing. Air pollution also disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations already burdened with chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Scientists warn that the buildup of carbon pollution in the atmosphere leads to warmer temperatures worsening the conditions for ozone formation in some places, and making it harder to achieve healthy air for all.”
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association:
“The quality of our air is one of the most important social determinants of health. Poor air quality is particularly influenced by carbon pollution, a major contributor to climate change. Climate change is a critical public health issue that is already exposing Americans to conditions and extreme weather events that result in premature illness and death. We must reduce carbon pollution and also provide the needed resources and training to the nation’s federal, state and local health public health system which plays an essential role protecting the public’s health from the impacts of climate change.”
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I personally think 50% is a gross underestimation. Obviously, they aren’t taking into consideration scent product exposure from almost everyone’s dryer vents.
Somewhere in the report it is mentioned that it is an underestimation, but for other reasons.
I sometimes get sick of pointing out all the glaring omissions (especially when the stated ones are bad enough as they are) so I am very glad when you and others bring them up in the comments!