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Fine-Particulate Air Pollution and Life Expectancy in the United States

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine links reductions in fine particulate pollution to increased life expectancy.

Read the article here, and a good summary at Scientific American, here.

Based on the studies findings, we're able to extrapolate that the change in PM2.5 levels between 1980 and 2000 in the Allentown metro area has resulted in about 4 to 5 months of additional average life expectancy in our region. Clean air means longer (and better!) life!