November 2015

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HP Viewpoint: Air quality: The devil you don’t see

As the global population and the demand for more and more energy has grown, so too has the detrimental impact on the air we breathe and, as a consequence, public health.

Winand, H., Intelligent Energy

As the global population and the demand for more and more energy has grown, so too has the detrimental impact on the air we breathe and, as a consequence, public health. Transportation, manufacturing, electricity generation and aviation are all aspects of modern human life that contribute to atmospheric pollution. This pollution is increasingly harmful to health and can be deadly. Particulate matter (PM) emissions, such as dust, fly ash, soot, smoke, aerosols and fumes—which can be suspended in the air for long periods—contain inhalable particles that can become trapped in lung tissue, where they irritate the tissue and, over time, can cause the development of serious illnesses. Inhaled par

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