Cleaner air quickly brings big health benefits

Reductions in air pollution yield fast and dramatic improvements in health, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity according to the research paper “Health Benefits of Air Pollution Reduction”, and the corresponding report “Clean Air Now”. The research also shows that reducing air pollution is cost-effective.

The paper shows that health benefits were seen from both national and locally-based interventions, tackling ambient or indoor air pollution, and in countries where GDP is high or low, without reducing economic growth.

“We knew there were benefits from pollution control, but the magnitude and relatively short time duration to accomplish them were impressive. It’s critical that governments adopt and enforce WHO guidelines for air pollution immediately,” said lead author of the report Dr Dean Schraufnagel.

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