REM Air Pollution in Twin Cities Contributes To 2,000 Deaths every Year
A recent data released by two Twin Cities agencies revealed that air pollution every year is responsible for nearly 2, 000 deaths and sends another 1,000 people to hospitals for treatment of diseases such as asthma and heart disease caused by air pollution.
Findings were released by the two state agencies on Monday morning in an analysis of air quality and health data from 2008.
Ed Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, said, "This report helps us see much more clearly than we could before just who is affected by air pollution, how serious the effects are and where we have health disparities that need to be addressed".
Air quality in Minnesota is good and also meets the federal standards. But even low and moderate levels can contribute to illness and early death, stated report.
The report, jointly produced by the health department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, estimated that 6% to 13% of all the deaths and 2% to 5% of all hospital visits were linked to small particle and ozone pollution.
MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said in a statement that they cannot control Canadian wildfires or stop people from burning coal around the world. But he said people can keep a look at their own choices, they can choose the most fuel-efficient transportation which they can afford or should go for using mass transit.
The state officials said that people living in ZIP codes show more public health effects from air pollution because populations living in such areas already have higher rates of heart and lung conditions.
They experience more hospitalizations, emergency-room visits for asthma, and death related to air pollution, they said.
Ehlinger affirmed that places that have more elderly population with heart and lung conditions and children with uncontrolled asthma are places where air pollution has a greater impact.
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