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U.S. Air Quality Declining, Taking Lives

Particulate matter air pollution has been on the rise since 2017, according to new research. Wildfires, economic activity, and lax regulation are potentially to blame.
October 22, 2019, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years," reports Eric Roston.

"Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data by two Carnegie Mellon economists."

Researchers "found evidence for three potential sources of the pollution rebound: increased economic activity, virulent wildfires and a smaller number of EPA enforcement actions."

The National Bureau of Economic Research published the working paper this week.

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Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Bloomberg
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