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Transboundary health impacts of transported global air pollution and international trade

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, March 2017
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7 blogs
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712 tweeters
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Title
Transboundary health impacts of transported global air pollution and international trade
Published in
Nature, March 2017
DOI 10.1038/nature21712
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Authors

Qiang Zhang, Xujia Jiang, Dan Tong, Steven J. Davis, Hongyan Zhao, Guannan Geng, Tong Feng, Bo Zheng, Zifeng Lu, David G. Streets, Ruijing Ni, Michael Brauer, Aaron van Donkelaar, Randall V. Martin, Hong Huo, Zhu Liu, Da Pan, Haidong Kan, Yingying Yan, Jintai Lin, Kebin He, Dabo Guan, Zhang, Qiang, Jiang, Xujia, Tong, Dan, Davis, Steven J., Zhao, Hongyan, Geng, Guannan, Feng, Tong, Zheng, Bo, Lu, Zifeng, Streets, David G., Ni, Ruijing, Brauer, Michael, van Donkelaar, Aaron, Martin, Randall V., Huo, Hong, Liu, Zhu, Pan, Da, Kan, Haidong, Yan, Yingying, Lin, Jintai, He, Kebin, Guan, Dabo

Abstract

Millions of people die every year from diseases caused by exposure to outdoor air pollution. Some studies have estimated premature mortality related to local sources of air pollution, but local air quality can also be affected by atmospheric transport of pollution from distant sources. International trade is contributing to the globalization of emission and pollution as a result of the production of goods (and their associated emissions) in one region for consumption in another region. The effects of international trade on air pollutant emissions, air quality and health have been investigated regionally, but a combined, global assessment of the health impacts related to international trade and the transport of atmospheric air pollution is lacking. Here we combine four global models to estimate premature mortality caused by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution as a result of atmospheric transport and the production and consumption of goods and services in different world regions. We find that, of the 3.45 million premature deaths related to PM2.5 pollution in 2007 worldwide, about 12 per cent (411,100 deaths) were related to air pollutants emitted in a region of the world other than that in which the death occurred, and about 22 per cent (762,400 deaths) were associated with goods and services produced in one region for consumption in another. For example, PM2.5 pollution produced in China in 2007 is linked to more than 64,800 premature deaths in regions other than China, including more than 3,100 premature deaths in western Europe and the USA; on the other hand, consumption in western Europe and the USA is linked to more than 108,600 premature deaths in China. Our results reveal that the transboundary health impacts of PM2.5 pollution associated with international trade are greater than those associated with long-distance atmospheric pollutant transport.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 4%
Germany 3 2%
Japan 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Hong Kong 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 117 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 41 31%
Researcher 27 20%
Student > Master 23 17%
Student > Bachelor 9 7%
Professor 6 4%
Other 28 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 44 33%
Engineering 17 13%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 16 12%
Unspecified 11 8%
Chemistry 10 7%
Other 36 27%

Attention Score in Context

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#1,856
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Outputs from Nature
#399
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Outputs of similar age
#188
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Outputs of similar age from Nature
#35
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