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Clean Air Regulations Critical To Responding To Global Air Pollution

Washington Post: Air pollution around the world takes a staggering toll
Editorial Board

“…[F]ocusing only on the pollution challenges of the past, not those of the present or the future, ignores vast volumes of evidence on the ecological and human damage various types of pollution still cause. … Fine particulates from fuel burning, among other things, penetrate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, encouraging heart disease, strokes, lung cancer, chronic lung disease, and respiratory infections. … Decades of environmental rules have resulted in relatively low — though not necessarily comfortable — particulate pollution levels in the United States and other developed nations. … Yet Americans do not know how good they have it. … The misery is concentrated: Half of air pollution’s death toll was in China and India alone. … Beyond appreciation for effective environmental enforcement, there are at least two lessons. First, major developing nations such as China and India must find a way to grow their economies without substantially degrading their air quality. Second, if world governments continue to press major developing nations on cross-border pollution matters, they will be aided by popular internal demand for cleaner air” (3/5).

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