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Air Pollution Is Even Deadlier Than We Thought, Study On Medicare Finds
The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, sheds light on the relationship between pollution and longevity and presents a case for the EPA to change its National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which outline acceptable concentrations of these pollutants, the Harvard researchers wrote.
“These findings suggest that lowering the annual NAAQS may produce important public health benefits overall, especially among self-identified racial minorities and people with low income,” whose mortalities, the researchers found, are particularly affected by air pollution.
Under NAAQS, concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM) ― particles of less than 2.5 micrograms in diameter ― must be less than 12 micrograms…
More Heavy Rain Forecast for Japan as Death Toll Rises to 16
Japanese rescue crews took advantage of a break in the weather on Saturday to search for survivors of torrential rain, floods and landslides, as the death toll from several days of freak weather rose to 16, the NHK state broadcaster reported.
Authorities warned of more downpours over the weekend, compounding the misery that the summer storms have brought to southwest Japan since Wednesday.
Some neighborhoods have been devastated by flooding and landslides, and rescue workers and residents have been picking their way through expanses of broken, water-logged trees, branches and mud…
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