Dramatic Health Benefits Following Air Pollution Reductions

American researchers studied an article from “Health Benefits of Air pollution Reduction” and they published their new research in the American Thoracic Society’s journal. American research said in the article that there is a huge reduction in air pollution this year which has lead to progress in health outcomes. In Ireland, the government had banned smoking for a week. After one week of research, scientists recorded a 13% drop in mortality, a 26% reduction in heart disease, a 32% reduction in stroke and a 38% reduction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

From the report, the researchers predicted that there are various benefits of pollution control. Reports also found that an immediate and substantial effect on health outcomes has reduced exposure to air pollution. In the US there is a famous city in Utah where patients suffering from pneumonia, pleurisy, bronchitis, and asthma have almost reduced to half.

In Atlanta, Georgia during the 1996 Olympic Games involved a 17-day transportation strategy that allowed closing parts of the city to help athletes to their events on time which considerably lead to the decrease in air pollution. In the following four weeks, children’s who visited for asthma to the clinics dropped by more than 40%. In hospitals, the patient who has asthma decreased by 19%. Children going to school also increased by a 60%.

Reduction in air pollution within the homes also led to several health benefits. In Nigeria, families who had clean cookstoves also resulted in a reduction of indoor air pollution.

The report also examined the impact of environmental policies economically. It highlights that after 25 years of performance of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. EPA estimated that the health benefits beat the cost by 32:1, saving 2 trillion dollars, and has been declared as one of the most effective public health policies of all time in the United States.

Emissions of the major pollutants are sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and lead was reduced by 73 percent between 1990 and 2015. The U.S. gross domestic product grew by more than 250 percent.

According to Dr. Schraufnagel from the US. He said that air pollution is highly an unavoidable health risk that affects every human being including animals and nature. Due to vast urban growth and expansion in industrialization has to lead to global warming. It is important to level down the pollution in cities. He also says that reducing air pollution can result in prompt and substantial health gains.

Several environmental policies have made considerable progress toward reducing our overall exposure to air pollution, even in places with low levels of air pollution, short-term spikes are still common. For this reason, it is important to identify the means to minimize those harms. Adopting policies against global warming and air pollution can lead to a green and healthy environment. This policy can also reduce all-cause mortality within weeks. Also, several local programs, such as reducing traffic have promptly improved many health measures across the country.


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