Charlie Buttrey

May 27, 2019

I have frequently blogged about the increase in carbon emissions and its effect on climate. But there’s another pretty good reason to reduce pollution: it will likely make us healthier.

According to a new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers studying air quality in Southern California found that a 20 percent decrease in pollutants — such as those from vehicle emissions — corresponded with a 20 percent decrease in new asthma cases in children. While the study can’t definitively establish cause and effect, its findings nevertheless point to how reduced air pollution can reduce illness.

Better health and a better planet. Not a bad combination.

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