Study on pol­lu­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Pro­fes­sor Alis­tair Wood­ward is work­ing on re­search that will pro­vide the best es­ti­mate yet of the ef­fect of air pol­lu­tion on mor­tal­ity.

“What we were able to do was con­nect peo­ple’s cen­sus replies to their risk of dy­ing over the next five years,” he says.

“We are find­ing out whether there is a dif­fer­ence among peo­ple in parts of the coun­try with dif­fer­ent lev­els of out­door air pol­lu­tion.”

The re­search es­ti­mates what ex­po­sure to par­ti­cles is likely in ar­eas of New Zealand and matches that to mor­tal­ity rates.

“We are able to take ac­count of all the things that are im­por­tant in terms of shap­ing peo­ple’s health – in­come, ed­u­ca­tion, fam­ily size, age, gen­der and other vari­ables,” he says.

The re­search should be com­pleted this year.

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