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NEWS: High Risk Of Pollution Related Death If Living In Los Angeles

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posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 02:42 AM
With shock results, a study comparing beachside living to inland areas has found that the risk of dying in polluted Los Angeles is much higher than previous estimates. This was the first time a study attempted to look at teh correlation of pollution and chronic health issues are linked across neighbourhoods of major US cities. There is a 17 percent increased risk of death in the more polluted areas of Los Angeles including Riverside and San Bernardino as compared to the cleaner ereas. Sceientist believe that tiny unseen particles of pollution are the most danger to humans because they sink deep into the lungs and then into the blood stream causing a thickening of artery walls and inflammation that can be a precurser to heart attacks and strokes.
The risk of fatal heart disease rose by between 25 percent and 39 percent as the concentration of fine particles in the neighborhood's air rose by a measure of 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the study showed.

Data from monitoring sites within Los Angeles show that the concentration of such airborne particles - tiny specks of solids and droplets of acids and other chemicals - rises by almost 20 micrograms per cubic meter as commuters head east from L.A.'s wealthier, westside neighborhoods.

Los Angeles, infamous for its smog and traffic congestion, is ringed by mountains that help trap pollution in a basin that is home to over 13 million people.

Previous research has concentrated on how the health risks from pollution differ from one city to the next, broad measurements that have been used to set air quality standards, said Jerrett, a professor at USC's Keck School of Medicine.

The study, based on an analysis of data on almost 23,000 people tracked by the American Cancer Society, also found that the risk of death from diabetes almost doubled in the more polluted areas of Southern California.

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Although the results of this study would be obvious to many, it is further proof of the damage that pollution is causing to this planet and specifically the human race and all that sustains us. City living is an attractive option in this money orientated society but as we now see, it comes with an expensive price tag on your health and lifespan.

[edit on 29-9-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 03:13 PM
Pollution from cars and congestion, strange there aren’t many takers, could it be there all too in love with the earth killers they singly drive for, oh so many important reasons. Not that there aren’t genuine reasons but the majority could change there lifestyles. When it came to cigarette smoking i changed. I CHANGED. lol

You would think people would be sick of the trouble oil is creating in the world. Surely the best way to protest against the war in Iraq would be to STOP USEING YOUR CARS.

What also strikes me as strange is the amazing technological advances we make every year but not many that offer any solution to the worlds dependency on oil.

Hey hold on a second there is something, Fuel cell buses, shame they can’t PUMP billions of pounds into this. Fools.

They could use them for cars to.

posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 05:39 PM
link's much easier to blame the effects from that pollution on the cigarette don't have to change much of anything then....

so, when are they going to ban the cars and buses in LA??

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