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Effect of Air-Pollution Control on Death Rates in Dublin, Ireland: An Intervention Study

Creator:

Clancy, L., Goodman, P., Sinclair, H., Dockery, D.W.

Subject Keywords: The effect of the Irish Government intervention (which banned the marketing, sale, and distribution of bituminous coals within the city of Dublin) and an assessment of the effect of the ban of coal on death in Dublin.
Set: Fuel Poverty
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Results of many epidemiological studies have suggested an association between particulate air pollution and daily deaths. Despite these findings, it does not follow that a reduction in particulate air pollution would diminish daily deaths or increase life-expectancy. Great improvements in air quality in Dublin after the introduction of domestic coalburning regulations offered an opportunity to assess the effects of reduced particulate air pollution on death rates in the general population. Dublin's air quality deteriorated in the 1980s after a switch from oil to cheaper and more readily available solid fuels, mainly bituminous coal for domestic space and water heating. Periods of high air pollution were associated with increased in-hospital respiratory deaths. On Sept 1, 1990, the Irish Government banned the marketing, sale, and distribution of bituminous coals within the city of Dublin. The effect of this intervention was an immediate and permanent reduction in average monthly particulate concentrations. This report assesses the effect of the ban of coal on death in Dublin

Date:

19/10/2002

Rights: © Luke Clancy, Pat Goodman, Hamish Sinclair, Douglas W Dockery
Suggested citation:

Clancy, L., Goodman, P., Sinclair, H., Dockery, D.W.. (2002) Effect of Air-Pollution Control on Death Rates in Dublin, Ireland: An Intervention Study [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3501 [Accessed: 12th December 2018].

  

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