Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Air pollution could kill up to 28 million people around the world

If you don’t pay attention to air pollution in Japan’s biggest cities, you are just one big domino away from killing yourself.

That is according to a report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which found that small cities in Japan’s subtropical forest can affect the marine environment of giant islands much bigger than themselves.

The report, conducted by scientists from Japan, the United States and Australia, shows how the microscopic particles from the small cities could influence the marine populations of these islands and could even affect the environment of Japan’s much larger mainland.

“Platypus are very sensitive to microfiber pollution,” Paolo Lagos, a marine ecologist at Australia’s James Cook University, told The Guardian. “Microfibers can easily attach to the body and travel easily on its skin, nose and eye.”

Microfibers make it easier for these creatures to stick to their skin and eat them, leaving the creatures vulnerable to diseases. Of the 60 per cent of the world’s population that lives in urban areas, more than a third of the population of those cities are urban malnourished. In Japan’s major cities, 1 in 3 of those populations is malnourished, which is the worst rate in the world.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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