A groundbreaking new study from the University of Texas shows that they are wrong. Reducing oarticulate matter in North America can have as much health benefit as in more polluted parts of the world.
“Modest improvements in PM2.5 in relatively clean regions (North America, Europe) would result in surprisingly large avoided mortality…”
Other key findings are that reductions in particulate matter could save over 2 million people’s lives per year worldwide, and in many parts of the world, deaths will increase due to aging populations unless air quality is improved.
To learn more:
Meeting Global Air Quality Guidelines Could Prevent 2.1 Million Deaths Per Year, University of Texas News
Addressing Global Mortality from Ambient PM 2.5 (the complete research paper)