Thursday, October 17, 2013

Air Pollution Definitively Linked to Cancer

Jeffrey Energy Center coal-fired power plant near Emmett, Kansas. (Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Outdoor air pollution has been definitively linked to cancer and is officially classified as a carcinogen, according to research released Thursday by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization.

Higher levels of air pollution have long been connected to an array of health problems, such as increased rates of asthma and heart disease, and millions of deaths annually around the world.  In making the case for the Obama administration’s new standards aimed at limiting the amount of carbon pollution emitted by coal-fired power plans, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy noted that “the nation’s asthma rates have already doubled over the past 30 years.”

But the WHO’s link between air pollution and cancer is a significant revelation that underscores the urgency of reducing pollution levels worldwide.

Air Pollution Definitively Linked to Cancer

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