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Air pollution is responsible for shortening people’s lives worldwide on a scale far greater than wars and other forms of violence and than parasitic and vector-borne diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and smoking, according to a study published March 3 in Cardiovascular Research. However, research by SPECTARIS, the Fraunhofer Institute, TEMATYS, and Messe München suggests that by 2030, photonic technology applications could lessen worldwide CO2 output by 3 billion tons.
Years of life lost from air pollution (units per 1000 km2). The global total is 233 million per year. Courtesy of Jos Lelieveld.
Professors Jos Lelieveld and Thomas Münzel of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology…