Air pollution killing Copenhageners

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Air pollution killing Copenhageners

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:38 pm

Air pollution killing Copenhageners
24. jun. 2013 15.09 English

Every week, at least one Copenhagener dies prematurely as a result of the air pollution emitted in the Cities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.

These are the findings of a new report from Aarhus University's DCE, the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, which was ordered by the City of Copenhagen.

The report concludes that 67 Copenhageners die prematurely each year of local pollution sources, and that definite sources of this air pollution can be identified.

"It's emissions from wood-burning stoves and street traffic,
which makes up the biggest source of air pollution inside Copenhagen's city limits," states Jørgen Brandt, a senior researcher at Arhus University and one of the authors of the report.

In traffic, it is particularly exhaust fumes from diesel cars that are directly damaging to health. Vans, large lorries and buses also contribute to a large amount of the pollution in the nation's capital despite comprising a small percentage of the total traffic.

Air pollution makes people ill

Local sources for air pollution in Copenhagen are not only to blame for premature deaths, they are also making residents ill.

According to the report, localised air pollution is the cause of almost 1,500 of Copenhageners' combined weekly sick days, as well as the cause of 12 cases of lung cancer, 76 cases of bronchitis and around 20,000 bouts of coughing in both children and adults annually .

While air pollution particularly affects children, it is the weak and the elderly, who already have respiratory problems and heart disease, who die prematurely due to air pollution.

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