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Posted Mon Apr 13 2009: from BBC:
City air pollution 'shortens life'
It has taken a quarter of a century, but US researchers say their work has finally enabled them to determine to what extent city air pollution impacts on average life expectancy. The project tracked the change of air quality in 51 American cities since the 1980s. During that time general life expectancy increased by more than two and half years, much due to improved lifestyles, diet and healthcare. But the researchers calculated more than 15 percent of that extra time was due to cleaner air.
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