Actions against Air Pollution
Air pollution has become a major topic of interest over the past years. The amount of air pollution plays a key element in many health problems we are faced with on a daily basis. Not only does pollution have an effect on the people, but it affects all of humanity. Some believe that we cannot erase the damage pollution has already done to the Earth, but there are many ways we can change our lifestyles to ensure a better future for our planet.
Over the last decade the American Heart Association has been conducting epidemiological studies worldwide. The results show an increase risk for cardiovascular illnesses, including heart and stroke deaths. This is in direct relation with short-term and long-term exposure to the present concentrations of air pollution in our atmosphere. The EPA stated that "tens of thousands of people die each year from breathing tiny particles in the environment." From the Combined studies in various cities they predict 60,000 deaths each year are caused by particulate matter (AmericanHeart.org). Our nation has taken action to prevent the pollution figures to rise. In 1990 government passed the Clean Air Act, which places air pollution limits on industrial units, such as power or chemical plants. Under this law the EPA sets limits on how much of a pollutant can be in the air anywhere in the United States. It also guarantees that all Americans have equal basic health and environmental defenses. The law allows individual states to have stronger pollution management, but states are not permitted to weaken pollution controls than those set for the entire country. The immense amount of deaths can be prevented, or even better, eliminated by making the standards set by the EPA stricter (EPA.gov). Although this was a dramatic measure that was necessary to our environment, many people were left wondering 'can more be done?
Usually the blame is directed to the industrial element of the nation, but are we...
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4419, Air Pollution, Heart Disease, and Stroke.
http://www.epa.gov/oar/oaqps/peg_caa/pegcaa02.html#topic2, Features of the 1990 Clean Air Act.
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