22 Months More of Life, and 31.5 Billion Euros Saved by Reducing Air Pollution in Europe’s Cites

22 Months More of Life, and 31.5 Billion Euros Saved by Reducing Air Pollution in Europe’s Cites

Reducing air pollution in major European cities could add 22 months to local life expectancy and save 31.5 billion euros ($43.4 billion) in health costs and work absenteeism, concludes a European Commission-funded study released Wednesday.

A map showing the distribution of pollution across Europe.

22 months can be added to local life expectancy and 31.5 billion euros ($43.4 billion) could be saved by curbing emissions of harmful pollution in Europe.

One of the largest sources of persistent, air pollution is particulate matter emitted during the burning of fossil fuels such as coal for power generation.  Current dust collection technology, if fully implemented can remove nearly all particulate matter from power plant emissions. As this study shows, the cost of implementing these, and other pollution control technologies pales in comparison with the public health benefits, and savings.

Read the full article here: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/03/air-pollution-life-expectancy/1

Dominick DalSanto is an Author & Environmental Technologies Expert, specializing in Dust Collection Systems. With nearly a decade of hands-on working experience in the industry, Dominick’s knowledge of the industry goes beyond a mere classroom education. He is currently serving as Online Marketing Director & Content Manager at Baghouse.com. His articles have been published not only on Baghouse.com , but also on other industry related blogs and sites. In his spare time, Dominick writes about travel and life abroad for various travel sites and blogs.

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