MIT study: More people die from 'road' pollution than car crashes

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  • KaiEr Yingkou, China, 00
    April 13, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    The article might have been a bit more credible, had it not been for the use of an image of a polluted city/highway in China.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    We need to be concerned about what we breath. It's as simple as that.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 19, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    And Rush Limbaugh is still telling them tobacco doesn't cause cancer either...

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    Baron Scarpia

    "But a news report about the Obama's birth certificate? Conservatives swallow it without question!" Typical left wing hate speech/inaccurate stereotype that doesn't even acknowledge the Hillary Clinton campaign started the birther rumors.

    Then leftists wonder why alarmists are not trusted.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    Earlier this week, the United Nation's World Health Organization declared that air pollution directly caused cancer. Sadly, many Utahns will simply ignore the findings (which is intuitively obvious) because it came from the UN rather than Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, who are more concerned about the "war on Christmas" and if Obama is really an American.

    It's sad that in the 21st century, science has become politically divisive, so that basic concepts such as evolution, climate change, the benefits of sex education, the moon landing's reality, genetic-orientation of sexuality, ... and now the negative health impacts of pollution (!!!) are all dismissed because it doesn't fit the value system and pre-beliefs of conservatives.

    But a news report about the Obama's birth certificate? Conservatives swallow it without question!

    I guess reality is inherently "liberal" so conservatives will continue to deny it!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    If you believe in global warming and commute by car to work, then you are contributing to "climate change."

    I drive over a hundred thousand kilometres a year, a lot of it in a one ton diesel with a trailer, and believe in climate change. Man made. I'm definitely contributing to it. Pollution, too. No two ways about it. I'm part of the problem, but I'm no hypocrite about it. I just don't care, that's all. If nobody is going to do anything about it until it's too late, que sera, our fate is determined in any case. Things will hold out as long as I'm alive. Our posterity will have to deal with whatever comes of it, they can accuse me of being part of the problem. But at least I didn't deny it at the time.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 18, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    But, this is Utah,

    and Science is automatically considered a big fat Al Gore lie around here,
    especially when it comes to taking care of Mother Earth!

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    I've been around to know that figures can lie and liars can figure. When these type of stats are shared and evaluated I'm always very skeptical. Seems to me, someone, somewhere has something to gain, just ask Al Gore.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 18, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Other sources of danger:

    Motherhood: Every murder had a mother.
    Milk: 100% of those who smoke pot had milk as a baby.
    Politicians: Everyone killed in a war was sent to war by a politician or government official.

    I love studies, you can gin up any result you like.

    Headline in Provda (reporting on a track meet between the USSR and the USA).
    USSR Track Teams places second. USA team comes in second to last.

  • West Coast1 Secane, PA
    Oct. 18, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    You seem to be comparing this study on pollution to the "science" of global warming. However, the negative effects of pollution are far less controversial in the scientific community than the man made ability to change the climate of Earth. Also, I feel that if anyone truly believes in global warming/negative effects of climate change, they should be traveling by public transit, bike, or walking. If you believe in global warming and commute by car to work, then you are contributing to "climate change."

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    Well, first off, it's MIT. And we don't take the word of science too kindly round here. Especially elite east coast science. Secondly, if there's a shred of contradiction to these findings on the internet, we can deny it all summarily. We don't have to fix it. Finally, even if it is true, the victims of pollution are like the victims of cigarettes. They die one at a time, and never make the news. So we're going after lowering the BAC instead.