The Future of Public Health

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Article, Figures/Media, Metrics 50 References, 53 Citing Articles The field of public health aims to improve the health of as many people as possible as rapidly as possible. Since 1900, the average life span in the United States has increased by more than 30 years; 25 years of this gain have been attributed to public health advances.1,2 Globally, …

An Increasingly Urbanized Latin America Turns to Electric Buses

From Colombia to Argentina, major cities in Latin America are starting to adopt electric bus fleets. In a region with the highest use of buses per person globally, officials believe the transition will help meet climate targets, cut fuel costs, and improve air quality. BY MARIA GALLUCCI • SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 In Medellín, Colombia, passengers cram aboard a battery-powered bus during the morning commute. Inside, the …

Serious nonattainment in Denver

If you’ve ever gone hiking on the Front Range or driven from the mountains towards the plains, you’ve seen the brown haze that hangs over Denver, Golden, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland and everywhere in between.  This area is in violation of national air quality standards for ozone air pollution. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, the …

Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution Impacts Kids, Developing Babies, Pregnant Women, and all who breathe: USC references

USC Environmental Health Centers, Youth from across Los Angeles gather for LA Youth for Environmental Justice Forum References: Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution Please note: in the following citations, authors whose names are shown in red are/were scientists with, or are/were otherwise affiliated with, our Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center or Children’s Environmental Health Center at USC at the time of …

Another reason we need fewer, smaller and lighter cars: Tire, brake and road wear is proportional to the weight of vehicles. Brake, tire and road surface wear are 60% of emissions for particles 2.5 mm diameter, and 73% of 10 mm particles

When measured by volume of emission, tire, brake and road wear from vehicles is the second largest contributor to microplastic pollution worldwide. The tires on your car are made from a complex blend of different materials and chemicals including several types of plastic in addition to their rubber base. As vehicles are driven, the friction, pressure and heat caused from …

White people cause the most pollution, but people of color suffer the most from it

Poor air quality contributes to 63% of all deaths caused by environmental factors. In a newly released study, they show that in the U.S., fine particulate matter air pollution “is disproportionately caused by consumption of goods and services mainly by the non-Hispanic white majority, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities.” White people in America, on average, breathe in around …

Depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia are higher in areas with worse air quality

With more specific Danish data, the team found early childhood exposures correlated even more strongly with major depression (a 50 percent increase); with schizophrenia (a 148 percent increase); and with personality disorders (a 162 percent increase) over individuals who grew up in areas with the highest quality air. In research on animals exposed to pollution, the animals show signs of …

People in Poor Neighborhoods Breathe More Hazardous Particles

Tiny particles of air pollution contain more hazardous ingredients in nonwhite and low-income communities than in affluent white ones, a new study shows By Cheryl Katz, Environmental Health News, Scientific American, November 1, 2012 Tiny particles of air pollution contain more hazardous ingredients in non-white and low-income communities than in affluent white ones, a new study shows. The greater the concentration of Hispanics, …

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 “The high ozone levels we observed on days when oil and gas activity was a primary contributor underscore the importance of better quantifying the contribution from oil and gas operations,” Cheadle said. “That understanding could support strategies …