An MIT emissions study released on Thursday said that air pollution causes some 200,000 early deaths a year in the United States. And by early, they do mean early. Victims of the dirty air die about a decade sooner than they would have.
The shocking findings from MIT's Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have been published in the science journal Atmospheric Environment.
The team examined air pollution from a variety of sources including auto exhaust, industrial smokestacks, electrical generation, and several more. You can see some of the maps that the MIT researchers created at the bottom of this post.
Here are some key findings from the MIT emissions study. It's worth noting that the original measurements were taken in 2005. Today's numbers may vary as the economy recovers.
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