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posted by n1 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @11:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-holding-my-breath--oh-wait dept.

Air pollution in many of the worlds cities is breaching guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries revealed that nearly 90% of people in urban centres breathe air that fails to meet levels deemed safe.

The WHO says that about half of the world's urban population is exposed to pollution at least 2.5 times higher than it recommends.

Air quality was poorest in Asia, followed by South America and Africa.

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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday May 08 2014, @12:51AM

    by bob_super (1357) on Thursday May 08 2014, @12:51AM (#40769)

    So, imagine the air is clean.
    Do you want to go jogging? Go buy a pair of shoes every few years. Maybe sit outside at a restaurant and enjoy the day.
    Now imgine that the air is really bad.
    You need to buy house filters, masks, house cleaner, car wash, car filters, doctor visits, cancer treatments, radiation equipment, hospital stuff, vacations far away, early burial services...
    If you were poor, that's a wash (see that broken window thing). But if you had disposable income that you, evil person, were planning on saving (especially abroad), thank God pollution made sure you didn't bog down our economy by stuffing your mattress.
    Bonus: the extra growth you created will create more pollution! It's a virtuous cycle!

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