Did Scientists Blow It On Clean Air?
The world of environmental science was rocked last week by a series of news stories relating to air pollution – specifically the revelation that a type of tiny particulates previously considered in small supply may be far more common than suspected. Known as secondary organic aerosols, these particles have been found to be present by an order of magnitude more than anyone had thought.
As one article says:
Taken together, the findings of the new study and of a handful of others published in the past two years could mean that two decades’ worth of pollution-control strategies — focused on keeping tiny particles from escaping into the atmosphere — have addressed only part of the problem.
The repercussions for these findings could be tremendous. Air quality legislation would have to be rewritten, tort law would be forced to take into account a far higher incidence of environmental exposure, and climate change models might have to be adjusted, possibly in significant ways. As the article says:
“If the authors’ analysis is correct, the public is now facing a false sense of security in knowing whether the air they breathe is indeed safe,” said Bill Becker, of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.
For those of us who work in sinus medicine, these findings represent a major step forward in understanding the growing incidence of asthma and sinus symptoms over the last 20 years. I have discussed elsewhere in this space the fact that air pollution can be a significant factor in the onset of sinus issues. Now we may have a clearer picture of what is causing problems such as allergies, sinusitis and sinus infections, as well as an enhanced ability to map the areas most prone to exposure.
If you have ongoing sinus symptoms, it is always wise to seek out expert care from an experienced sinus surgeon in LA. To get started today, contact the Los Angeles Sinus Institute.