Monday, June 30, 2008

Particulate Vogue

There's a great article in July's Vogue entitled "Air Supply" that talks about those small particulates in our air. These are minuscule-sized pieces of pollution floating in our air that largely comes from vehicles and industry. The article quotes the Natural Resource Defense Council's stat of 64,000 deaths each year in the U.S. because of particulate air pollution -- this is compared to 418,000 deaths from smoking-related causes. These 64,000 don't count how many people are sick or adversely affected by air pollution -- named the walking sick, such as those with asthma. Additionally the article talks about how fetuses exposed, through the mother, to higher levels of air pollution had greater numbers of chromosome abnormalities.

If you care about the air you and your children breathe, write your state and federal representatives and tell them that you would like more strict emission standards. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Make your representatives funnel their energy toward something that makes a real difference.