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article imageThe Air Can Kill You; Hold Your Breath and You'll Last Longer

By Cat Lover     Jan 21, 2008 in Environment
Smog and pollution particles in the air have been found to increase your risk for heart disease. The pollution in the air can harm those at higher risk for or those who already have a history of heart disease.
It has already been reported that long-term exposure to air pollution can cause lung disease, cancer, and damage to sperm cells. But now scientists are saying that the same level of exposure to air pollution can lead to heart disease and stroke.
The particles in the air that cause pollution include diesel exhaust, industrial processes, manufacturing plants, smoke, and others. The most damaging particles are also the smallest at 0.18 micrometres or less, which is about 1/1000th the width of one hair. Particles this small fall below the EPA-regulated size of 2.5 micrometers. They can't monitor air particles smaller 2.5 um because they are too small, and much below what their current technology is capable of capturing.
Humans have been creating and observing various forms of nanopollution for more than 50 years, though it can be considered a relatively new way in which humans can impact the planet because our ability to create it is evolving quickly. It may go uninvestigated, under-reported, or just plain missed because it is so difficult to detect. Air is not they only area affected by nanopollution, scientists have discovered that nanoparticles ingested by large-mouth bass can make their way into their brain tissue and other organs.
Additional studies investigating the extent of nanopollution are in progress. The side effects and long-term consequences of human exposure to nanoparticles are also underway.
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