contaminated with pollutants such as ozone and tiny particles could cause the
premature death of about 6.6 million people a year by 2050 if nothing is done
to improve air quality, the website Helpinus is reporting. 
A study published in
the journal Nature today says that outdoor air pollution, a large amount of it caused by vehicles, already kills about
3.3 million people a year around the world. Air pollution deaths are most commonly
from heart disease, strokes or the lung disease known as chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD).  It is also linked to
deaths from lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.
So what is SRTC doing to try to keep this from happening? We have an Air Quality Planner on staff to make sure that projects we help to fund and support don’t cause air quality issues. For instance, adding a traffic light or a turn lane at new locations causes cars to idle and emit pollution. While this generally isn’t a major problem, in areas that already have air quality problems, it can be an issue. For more information on local air quality, including problem areas and what our Air Quality Planner looks for, check out our web page on Air Quality.
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