Air Pollution Linked to Lung Cancer
Wonderful. If pollution is not going to cook us, it's going to give us cancer.
This from an international study that found there were 223,000 deaths worldwide in 2010 from lung cancer caused by breathing air pollution.
The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, issued a statement Thursday after a week of meetings by experts reviewing the latest science. In it they said that both outdoor air pollution and “particulate matter” would now be classified among as human carcinogens.
That means pollution from transportation, power generation, and industrial processes will now be considered as much a cancer risk asbestos, plutonium, and tobacco smoke.
“The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC Monographs Section. “We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general, but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.”
Dana Loomis, Deputy Head of the Monographs Section, added that “The results from the reviewed studies point in the same direction: the risk of developing lung cancer is significantly increased in people exposed to air pollution.”
Meanwhile, carbon pollution continues to threaten our existence by raising world temperatures toward dangerous levels, acidifying the oceans, and causing sea levels to rise.
Sure would be nice if Congress would do something to protect the health and welfare of Americans. But if Congress can ignore climate change as a threat (and many members do, even calling it a hoax), then don't hold your breath waiting for Congress to address cancer-causing pollution.
Of course, holding your breath might be your only protection from pollution. Your call.