Increase in PM2.5 led to thousands of additional deaths in the U.S.

Source: airqualitynews.com

A 5% increase in particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution was associated with 9,700 additional premature deaths across the United States, according to a study conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

They found that this rise of PM2.5 increased the number of premature deaths of adults over the age of 30 by about 9,700 from 2016 to 2018, with 80% of the premature deaths occurring among the elderly.

By multiplying the deaths with the EPA’s statistical value of life, the researchers found that these deaths cost the economy $89bn. Read more in the original article.

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