Invisible Dust Kills Thousands Of Chileans

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Invisible Dust Kills Thousands Of Chileans

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:14 pm

Invisible Dust Kills Thousands Of Chileans
Jun 10 2012

SANTIAGO – Breathing toxic air is deadlier than Aids or stage four cancer, because the particles that make the air toxic and deadly are invisible to the naked eye.

No where is the devastating result of breathing toxic air more prevalent than in the South-American country of Chile, where on average 4,000 people per year die as a result of inhaling ‘bad’ air.

According to Chile’s minister of health, 30 of the country’s cities have air quality that is far more toxic than the recommended allowance.

Particularly the South of the country experiences a much higher level of toxic air because many homes still resort to using wood burning stoves during the cold months, pushing massive amounts of ‘invisible’ charcoal dust into the air.

Additionally, the air quality is worsened with fumes blown into the atmosphere by lead canneries and high-voltage production depots.

According to experts, 10 to 17 million Chileans are in danger of contracting toxic air based illnesses.

The tiny dust particles lodge deep inside the lungs where they cause life-threatening infections and cancer.

“The situation is so severe, we require an immediate solution,” says Cecilia Sepúlveda, Dean at the Medicine Faculty at the University of Chile. “During the winter months, lung infections increase even more because of the added dangers of viruses and colds.”

The cities with the worst air quality are Rancagua, Curicó and Coyhaique, all located in Southern Chile. “The toxic air is augmented because a large group of people living in those densely populated cities use wood burning stoves during the very cold winter months,” says Sepúlveda.

Patricio Pérez, director of the Center of Meteorology and Environment at the University of Santiago, concurs with Sepúlveda.

“Chile’s air quality is alarming. We constantly talk about the very bad air quality in Santiago as a major reason for serious health concerns. Now we find that other cities are even worse off.”

“Chile has been investing in better measurement equipment but with today’s tools we will not be able to stop the air pollution,” Pérez said.

“I don’t see a short term solution. We have to educate people about the dangers of using wood burning stoves. For a long time already, you can smell the wood odor hanging in the air in Chile’s Southern cities,” according to Pérez.

“It’s only recently that people begin to realize that the wood odor isn’t anything romantic hanging in the air, but a real danger to human health.”

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