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Denmark counts deaths caused by environmental decay associated with increase pollution 

Monday, 24 June 2013
Though Denmark is one of the most environmentally conscious countries in the world, it believes that car exhaust emission and emissions from wood stoves kill 67 people in Copenhagen a year

In a new report from the Danish National Centre for Environment and Energy at Aarhus University, DCE, commissioned by the City of Copenhagen, air pollution emitted in Copenhagen takes at least 67 locals lives per years and makes sicker.
Every week, at least one Copenhagean dies prematurely because of air pollution emitted in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the reports suggests. The report concludes that 67 locals loose their lives each year prematurely caused by local sources of pollution, and that it is particularly due to specific sources of air pollution.

"The emissions from wood stoves and road traffic, constitutes the largest sources within the boundaries of Copenhagen," Jørgen Brandt, who is a senior fellow at Aarhus University and one of the authors of the report said.

In traffic, it is especially exhaust gases from diesel cars, which have a harmful effect. Vans, large trucks, and buses also contribute to a large part of the pollution in the capital, despite the fact that they constitute a small percentage of the traffic.

The local sources of air pollution in Copenhagen is not only responsible for the early deaths, but also makes the people of Copenhagen sick, the reports continues.

According to it almost 1,500 of Copenhagen's weekly fall sick each day, and annually the local air pollution cause 12 cases of lung cancer, 76 cases of bronchitis and 20,000 episodes of cough among children and adults.

Air pollution affects particularly children hard, but it is especially the frail and elderly, who already have respiratory or cardiovascular disease that end up dying prematurely of air pollution.

The report states that it is significantly more risky of stay inside Copenhagen and Frederiksberg perimeter than in municipalities around the capital because of the high particles in the air and population density.

Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt explains further that the Danes living in rural areas are generally subject to less air pollution.

However, it is not so bad to live in the town central if one avoid the busy streets.
Previous research has shown that people, who live within 50 meters of a busy road, are at increased risk of dying prematurely from heart and lung diseases. For highways, the distance should be 100 meters.
by Team

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