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Canada Makes Pollution Progress

Posted by feww on August 13, 2008

There must be something wrong with human ‘progress’ if progress is killing humans!

Haze and smog obscure the Toronto skyline and waterfront in this file photo from May 10, 2007. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

Air pollution will kill more than 21,000 Canadians this year, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA )said on Wednesday, raising the Canadian government’s estimate of 5,900 premature deaths linked to pollution by about 4 folds.

Pollution-related illnesses such as asthma and cardiovascular disease will lead to about 30,000 emergency-room visits and 620,000 doctor’s visits this year and cost about $8 billion in medical bills and lost productivity

In the United States, an estimated 64,000 people die from causes attributed to particle air pollution each year, according to a U.S. environmental group.

About half of Europe’s population have been exposed to concentrations particulate matter (PM) above the European Union limit, the European Environment Agency reports. (Source)

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