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Air Pollution: An Unclear And Present Danger

Journalist and author Beth Gardiner talks about her new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution. And CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna talks about gene editing.  

Updated on February 06
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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Air pollution kills seven million people globally every year. It is not just causing asthma attacks, but, also heart attacks, strokes, and premature birth.

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Allegedly, "indoor air pollution" is a cause of air pollution in the developing countries, created from dirty cooking fires. Although by itself a very small contributor, it has a large impact in places where the majority of population is causing it.

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A few years ago China started to invest heavily into lowering their levels of pollution by reducing coal usaging and ramping up renewables, which is already seeing a significant impact vs. those countries that haven't.

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PM 2.5 refers to the size of the particle 2.5 microns in size. It is very, very tiny, and completely invisible. These particles have very powerful health impacts as they penetrate all the way into our bodies.

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The levels of pollution you get could be inversely correlated to your income. Cheaper neighborhoods would be located closer to pollution, leaving wealthier citizens with better air.

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