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Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State. The researchers found that PM2.5 levels dropped by 28 to 37 percent between 2002 and 2012. This drop cut the air pollution mortality burden for residents by 67 percent -- from 8,410 premature deaths in 2002 to 2,750 deaths in 2012. : science
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Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State. The researchers found that PM2.5 levels dropped by 28 to 37 percent between 2002 and 2012. This drop cut the air pollution mortality burden for residents by 67 percent -- from 8,410 premature deaths in 2002 to 2,750 deaths in 2012.

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Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State. The researchers found that PM2.5 levels dropped by 28 to 37 percent between 2002 and 2012. This drop cut the air pollution mortality burden for residents by 67 percent -- from 8,410 premature deaths in 2002 to 2,750 deaths in 2012.

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99 points · 8 hours ago

This is really important. Obviously climate change matters but smog is literally killing people now! It’s so much more compelling for the general public.

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Out west the two are inextricably linked now that wildfire smoke is such an important contributor to our annual pollution load.

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7 points · 3 hours ago

This is how I pose it to my dad who isn't convicted that climate change has human causes: do you want your grandchildren to breathe coal smoke?

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I keep telling people coal is way worse than nuclear but everyone talks about chernobyl because it's more flashy and dramatic

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The fact its doing so is just mental in this day and age..

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It’s also the ultimate argument.

Like regardless of whether or not climate change exists (it does) people should fight FOR clean air, clean water, the well being of animals, and not so much make the rhetoric centered around climate change

Would be much more effective

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-13 points · 5 hours ago(0 children)
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That's great. We can do this. Just got to keep working at it.

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Original Poster13 points · 8 hours ago

Lower air pollution levels saved an estimated 5,660 lives in New York State in 2012, compared to 2002 mortality levels, according to a new study.

Published in Environmental Research Letters, the study — led by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Observatory atmospheric chemistry research group — looked at New York State levels of a specific kind of pollution known as fine particulate matter, or “PM2.5.” These microscopic particulates are a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets. Some come from burning fuel, and others form in the atmosphere as a result of complex reactions of chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from power plants, industries and automobiles. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

The study compared seven datasets, including both on-the-ground and satellite measurements, to analyze trends in PM2.5 levels across New York State. The researchers found that PM2.5 levels dropped by 28 to 37 percent between 2002 and 2012. They calculated that this drop cut the air pollution mortality burden for New York State residents by 67 percent — from 8,410 premature deaths in 2002 to 2,750 deaths in 2012.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab2dcb

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I hope this is a big enough incentive for our government bodies to make some drastic changes to our current pollution attitudes and behaviours ! It's encouraged me to make sure I drive electric next car i buy ! We can all make a difference to these numbers too ! GO HUMANS ! Excellent results, long way to go but that's proof we're on the right track !!!

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Social Media Engagement Manager | Nature Research7 points · 8 hours ago

There have been so many studies on how the air pollution in NYC (and the surrounding area) is causing things like spikes in asthma and other breathing ailments, so it's great to see some news like this.

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Maybe a noob question, but how are the air pollution levels being reduced? As an individual what’s the best way for me to contribute?

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Vote for leaders who support the development of wind and solar energy and decreasing the economy's dependence on fossil fuels

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Social Media Engagement Manager | Nature Research8 points · 6 hours ago

From the link above:

The study provides evidence that emission controls on air pollutants, initiated by the Clean Air Act of 1970—and expanded under amendments passed in 1990 that required a review of scientific evidence on which standards are set and implemented—have improved public health across New York State, said the researchers.

Among the other factors that have helped clear the air: continued progress in cleaner vehicles; additional programs to reduce air pollution, including programs targeting diesel fuel, a source of sulfur dioxide; and the reduction of high sulfur dioxide-emitting coal-burning power plants.

The state also just enacted a giant climate change bill in June. Press release.

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Pollution level reduction comes from regulation being implemented. It forces industries to pollute less, and forces car manufacturers to make cars that pollute less.

Individual action among the lines of "buy less things" is almost useless with a problem of that scale. The best you can do is support the push for EVs, clean energy (nuclear included) and heavier environmental regulation.

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PhD|Biology|Bioinformatics/Genetics1 point · 3 hours ago

Walk everywhere.

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Maybe a noob question, but how are the air pollution levels being reduced?

Regulations.

They exist for a reason.

The last time we allowed the invisible hand of the free market to decide what is allowed... the river could catch fire.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/2/28/14754660/epa-pollution-climate-change-trump-public-popularity-bipartisan-support

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Cutting your meat consumption is the single best thing an individual can do to reduce pollution. Things like remembering to turn the lights off, using less water, driving an EV help too but they’re almost a joke by comparison. You don’t have to go vegan but not eating meat 3 meals a day 7 days a week goes a long long way.

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Probably through closing down smaller and less important industry in the city or reducing pollution from those industrial sectors. You can more than likely help by not using your car and using public transit(but not taxis since that's just the same thing as driving a car). You can turn your lights off after using a room and other stuff.

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Who would have guessed...

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Not as scary or quick as terrorism though. Sad that's how we view the value of a death.

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Critics say that NY is a "nanny state", and yet....

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