Air Pollution

By: Mia Sinclair

Health and Prevention

The cancer risk section includes the inhalation unit risk for a chemical, which is the increased probability of a person developing cancer from breathing air containing a specified concentration of the chemical for 70 years.

Pollution Prevention

  • Conserve energy - turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)
  • Keep woodstoves and fireplaces well maintained. You should also consider replacing old wood stoves with EPA-certified models.
  • How to be an advocate
  • You can reduce emissions through simple actions like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling.


Global Pollution and The Experts

This showed stroke risk was higher on the day of an increase in air pollution and the days immediately after. They also found the effect of pollution was stronger in lower-income countries such as China.This study showed a clear link between rises in gas and particle pollution and the chances of being admitted to hospital or dying because of a stroke. The researchers showed the link was strongest on the day of exposure to raised pollution levels.

Expert Quote

“Currently, the air pollution sensors are still expensive and not easy to use, so it limits the number of people that can use them,” Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, a research professor at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, said in an email. However, the technology is improving, he said, and in a few years, devices like smart watches could contain air pollution sensors.