Monday, February 22, 2021

something in the air

With all the worries about airborne viruses these days, we shouldn't forget that the air that we breathe in our cities isn't all that healthy in normal times either. Recent reports based on 2019 data provided detailed mortality burdens for pollution on a state level for India and for cities in Europe, so I rounded these up along with some studies on what parts of the body are damaged by pollution (spoiler alert: possibly all of them), for my latest feature which is out now:

A breath of deadly air

Current Biology Volume 31, Issue 4, 22 February 2021, Pages R161-R163

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Air pollution is affecting the health of most people around the globe, but problems are particularly severe in megacities, such as Hyderabad, India, shown here. (Photo: Daniel Dara/Unsplash.)

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