Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Study Shows California's Air Pollution Kills More People Than Auto Accidents

A new study from California State University-Fullerton dug into the potential dollar and health benefits from reducing California's air pollution levels to meet federal air quality standards. The results were, well, breathtaking.

A report from the Associated Press today indicated that the study found that the California Highway Patrol recorded 2,521 vehicular deaths in the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast Air Basin in 2006, compared to 3,812 deaths attributed to respiratory illness caused by particulate pollution. The study linked ozone and particulates to both respiratory ailments and heart disease, and identified health costs and productivity costs.

In short, while expensive and difficult to achieve, the goal of cleaning up California's air would pay big dividends in quality of life and dollars. This kind of analysis and dialogue is exactly what we need to begin looking at the true costs - and benefits - of actions which clean our environment. These investments have big, important payoffs that help the economy as well as other important quality of life indicators. For more on this story, go to the msnbc website at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27697708/,

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