Summary #990

Review of air pollution reduction measures shows that they have positive health outcomes

reuters.com
  • After reviewing several case studies, a team of researchers found that air pollution reduction measures can significantly reduce respiratory health issues.
  • Temporary reductions in pollution output (like during Olympics) resulted in health improvements for the local population after just a few weeks.
  • One of the most successful measures was the U.S. Clean Air Act, which generated monetary benefits 32x greater than the costs.
  • Other case studies included bans on smoking, as well as household pollution reduction measures, like stove upgrades and air filter and purifier usage.
  • Experts say that the best way to battle the problem of air pollution is to get informed and spread the knowledge, because we need large-scale collective action.

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