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Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Re: Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Unread postby Shaved Monkey » Tue 08 Dec 2015, 17:18:42

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Re: Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Unread postby dohboi » Tue 16 Feb 2016, 13:43:27

...air pollution is the fourth leading cause of death globally, leading to 5.5 million premature deaths worldwide each year.

The study included researchers from China, India, Canada, and the U.S. and shows more than half the deaths occur in China and India


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Re: Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Unread postby Tanada » Sat 18 Jun 2016, 17:03:25

Sometimes pollution particles have heavy metal neurotoxins attached to them, which can kill neurons directly. But even when those particles don’t do immediate harm, they can cause damage by triggering an unquenchable immune response in the brain. This appears to result in a buildup of amyloid-beta plaques that are typically seen in people who are in a pre-Alzheimer’s or pre-dementia state.

More research needs to be conducted, but one study estimated that even small increases in annual air pollution exposure can increase people’s risk of Alzheimer’s by more than 100 percent.

That’s disturbing in its own right, but even more so when you consider the effect pollution can have on children.

“When you talk to people about amyloid-beta, they think dementia — they don’t think children,” Reuben said. “Well, children in at least one air-polluted city have been found with amyloid-beta plaques in their brain. They also have other kinds of brain damage from air pollution, including damaged vasculature, and leaky blood-brain barriers.”

In older populations, this effect accelerates aging and increases the risk of dementia-related diseases. But in places where researchers are able to measure kids’ exposure to air pollution and control for other external factors, what they found was alarming, Reuben said. Children exposed to higher rates of air pollution had an increased risk of developmental disorders like autism and ADHD. Of neurobehavioral problems. Of lower IQ.

It should be noted this is correlation, not causation, but it’s becoming clearer that air pollution is having a negative impact on our most vulnerable populations.

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Re: Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Unread postby onlooker » Sat 18 Jun 2016, 17:49:11

http://www.theguardian.com/global-devel ... tion-soars
Air pollution: a dark cloud of filth poisons the world’s cities
The number of annual deaths caused by pollution around the world is now greater than malaria and HIV combined, according to a recent study, with scientists warning that fatalities could reach 6 million a year by 2050
One of those gradually worsening indicators of the state of our planet. Since its effects go largely unnoticed and are not dramatic, this issue is barely noticed by most people :(
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Re: Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 19 Jun 2016, 22:39:29

It also can do a number on trees (and other plants) and I would assume also on other animals (beyond humans), though I haven't read much on that.
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Re: Air Pollution Kills 4000/day in China

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 04 Apr 2022, 12:10:51

Paralympics hit by poor air quality



Australia's Winter Paralympians have dealt with air quality equivalent to the worst of the 2020 bush fires, and more than three times worse than concerning levels while competing in China.

A telltale layer of smog descended on Yanqing and Zhangjiakou on Friday morning, and with it, came escalated concerns over air pollution and its effect on athletes.

Paralympics Australia has air filtration devices, left for them by the Australian Olympic Committee after the Winter Olympics, throughout its accommodation across two Paralympics athletes' villages.

But that didn't help the athletes while in action outside.

Para snowboard star Ben Tudhope competed in the banked slalom at Zhangjiakou while para alpine skiiers Rae Anderson, who has asthma, Melissa Perrine and sighted guide Bobbi Kelly were in the giant slalom at Yanqing.

On Friday morning, the air quality index (AQI) was 158 in Yanqing and 156 in Chongli, which is near Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park.

"We talk about PM2.5, PM5 and PM10. They're the different sizes of particulate matter, being 2.5 microns, 5 microns and 10 microns," Paralympics Australia chief medical officer Dr Steve Reid told reporters.

"The bigger stuff gets filtered out through the nasal passages and upper airways and the really small stuff gets down into the small airways and causes things like broncho-constriction, airway inflammation and asthma, so it's the PM2.5 that we pay most attention to.

"Generally you'd really want to see that number as low as possible. Once it gets above 50 we start to be concerned about people performing outdoor exercise for long periods.

"For instance today around Yanqing the PM2.5 is around 130 and inside at our allotment with the air quality devices running through the units we've got it down to about 12.

"Certainly the PM2.5 of 130-140 would be something where if we were in Australia and having bush fires, those might be the times we see those numbers being reached and when we might be cancelling outdoor sporting events."

Asthma can be triggered by PM2.5 particles and Australian athletes with asthma had preventative medication increased on Friday.

"On top of the cerebral palsy, I do have asthma so not enough oxygen to the muscles certainly does affect that a lot," Anderson said.

"So we have been working a lot with the Paralympics Australia team on the pollution issues that come with cerebral palsy and asthma.

"Yeah definitely (I noticed the air pollution). There's certainly been some hard days here and racing, you've got the extra adrenaline on top of that, so how that will affect breathing as well is a big thing.

"I don't know if I overly-noticed it too much today, I think it was mostly the adrenaline and the CP and the conditions."

All athletes can be adversely affected by poor air quality.

"If you're someone who doesn't normally get asthma, if the air is polluted enough then you can get nasty respiratory symptoms," Dr Reid said.

"Even if you don't develop respiratory symptoms, if you're exercising outdoors in a consistent fashion, just your performance gets blunted and you lose that performance edge."

While athletes need to practice and compete outdoors, throughout the Games, Australian team officials have limited athletes' recreation time outdoors in the village to days with clear air, with windows only open for ventilation on days of acceptable air quality.


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