The effects of air pollution differ between neighbourhoods. Photo: © Yavdat /

Unequal risk of dying from air pollution

A recent study in Brussels, which followed more than 400,000 residents, looked at air pollution exposure and the risk of dying in a cardiovascular or respiratory diseases. To assess exposure they used both modelled and perceived air pollution levels, and found that both measures were associated with mortality. They also looked at unemployment rates and found that associations were stronger in areas of higher unemployment.


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