Oct 30, 2005

mANY OF MY FRIENDS ARE COMPLAINING THAt they're loosing alot of hair. This often happens this time of year (you know, when the chestnuts fall, so does your hair) but this year the loss is aggravated by the high levels of lead in the air. So to keep your hair, don't breathe! Posted by Picasa
Air pollution is bad for one's mental & physical health....Killer Air Links: The pernicious effects of air pollution were first documented long ago. As early as 61 C.E., Seneca, a Roman philosopher and noted essayist, wrote, "As soon as I had gotten out of the heavy air of Rome, and from the stink of the chimneys thereof, which being stirred, poured forth whatever pestilential vapors and soot they had enclosed in them, I felt an alteration to my disposition" ----Lead Poisoning and Rome---Air pollution and hospital admissions for respiratory conditions in Rome, Italy ---Pollution is typically found in pre-industrial cities where people burn wood and work at crafts and industry. "The smoke, the wealth, the noise of Rome..." held no charms for the Roman poet Horace and many of his contemporaries. As residents of what had become the largest city in the world, ancient Romans were well aware of the problem of air pollution. They called it gravioris caeli (heavy heaven) or infamis aer (infamous air). Odors and runoff from garbage, sewage and industries such as smelting or tanning also fouled the air and water---(PDF] Particulate matter air pollution: how it harms health----AIR POLLUTION AND CONSERVATION - SAFEGUARDING OUR ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE-----Effects of Air Pollution, Season, and Weather on Health ---Air pollution cuts lifespan, WHO report confirms ----Air pollution with particulate matter (PM) claims an average of 8.6 months from the life of every person in the European Union (EU) ---The car and bus traffic is considered in Rome to be responsible for about 85 % of the total air pollution. When a pollution threshold, established by law, is exceeded, the mayor can release an ordinance which temporarily forbids private cars, not equipped with catalytic converters, to circulate in the central hours of the day and in the central areas of the city. Such an ordinance is generally released when the predicted weather conditions are supposed to determine an increase in the degree of concentration of the pollution factors and is unnecessary when the predictions indicate a positive influence of weather conditions on the air pollution-----What are the health effects of particulate air pollution? ----Air pollution can affect our health in many ways with both short-term and long-term effects. Different groups of individuals are affected by air pollution in different ways. Some individuals are much more sensitive to pollutants than are others. Young children and elderly people often suffer more from the effects of air pollution. People with health problems such as asthma, heart and lung disease may also suffer more when the air is polluted. The extent to which an individual is harmed by air pollution usually depends on the total exposure to the damaging chemicals, i.e., the duration of exposure and the concentration of the chemicals must be taken into account ------ Air pollution hastens deaths of up to 24000 in UK ---The World Health Organization reports that 3 million people now die each year from the effects of air pollution. This is three times the 1 million who die each year in automobile accidents---Study Establishes Link Between Air Pollution, Ischemic Strokes------Hair Loss: Something's Fishy---According to scientists, facial hair traps chemical pollutants in the air, such as benzene and ammonia. This increases the units of pollution taken into the body from one for a clean-shaven man to 1.9 for those with a beard and up to 4.2 for those with with moustaches.


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