sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Monday, April 24, 2006

....If it doesn't kill mice.....

Air quality expert Joel Schwartz discusses lab studies with particulate matter:

".....An embarrassment for proponents of today's historically low air pollution levels as a cause of death is that the evidence is almost solely circumstantial, being based on statistical studies reporting small correlations between air pollution levels and risk of premature death.......

"However, researchers have been unable to kill animals with air pollution at levels anywhere near as low as the levels found in ambient air......

"It is no secret that environmentalists and regulators exaggerate environmental risks. But scientific authority is what imbues these risk claims with their public credibility. Unfortunately, public and journalistic trust in scientific authority is often misplaced."


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