May 9, 2009

Ground level ozone responsible for increased mortality.

After studying 500,000 people in the US over an 18-year period, Dr. Michael Jerrett of the University of California-Berkeley and colleagues found that residents of the regions with the highest levels of atmospheric ozone were 25% to 30% more likely to succumb to lung disease than those living where the air was more pure. Dr. Jarret Jerrett stated, “We now know that controlling ozone is not only beneficial for mitigating global warming, but that it could also have near-term benefits in the reduction of deaths from respiratory causes. This is the first time we've been able to connect chronic exposure to ozone, one of the most widespread pollutants in the world, with the risk of death.” Ground level ozone is a component of smog, which is one of the main factors of respiratory conditions.

Dr. Jarret Jerrett and colleagues at the University of California – Berkeley, we thank you for clarifying the adverse effect of ozone emissions on health and the environment. May your findings inspire our renewed efforts toward sustainable lifestyles to restore the planet’s ecosphere.

At an international gathering with our Association members in February 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared her relatively early insights on the health effects of atmospheric pollutants and the solution to the global warming caused by such agents.

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