Due to the incredible media exposure this week to our emergency pollution, I’ve been inundated with questions from both patients and international media about pollution. There’s still quite a lot of misinformation about pollution, so here are what I consider to be the most high yield, evidence-based and readable articles. I think reporters, scholars, parents — anyone concerned about air pollution — may find a few articles to be useful. So grab a comfy chair, smoke your favorite cigar, sit back and have a good read:
• World Health Organization Air Quality Guidelines – this is the essential report, from 2005. Their recommendations are the backbone for most countries’ policies.
• The World Bank: Cost Of Pollution in China: economic estimates of physical damages – the very important 2007 report; a large PDF file to download. Read chapter 2, starting page 42, Health Impacts of Ambient Air Pollution
• Three articles by Dr C Arden Pope:
• Lung Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Associated with Ambient Air Pollution and Cigarette Smoke: Shape of the Exposure–Response Relationships – a wonderfully interesting and provocative comparison of the effects of air pollution versus smoking.• Epidemiology of Fine Particulate Air Pollution and Human Health: Biologic Mechanisms and Who’s at Risk? – an excellent review, although a bit dated.• Pollution & Life Expectancy in the US – an excellent New England Journal article from January 2009, plus the editorial and a fascinating interactive map – Pollution & Life Expectancy in US Cities