On Friday, CleanAirNow co-directors Humberto Lugo and Eric Kirkendall visited the fabulous organization El Centro in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, and had a great time installing our first PurpleAir air pollution monitor on the roof.
Thank you Dr. Kelli Mather for hosting our visit!!
The PurpleAir monitor measures fine particulate matter air pollution, also referred to as PM2.5. Particulate matter can cause serious health problems.
This is the first of ten monitors that CleanAirNow will install in KCK in the next few weeks.
Check out the live results from our monitor here, and read on for more information about particulate matter air pollution.
“A number of adverse health impacts have been associated with exposure to both PM2.5 and PM10. For PM2.5, short-term exposures (up to 24-hours duration) have been associated with premature mortality, increased hospital admissions for heart or lung causes, acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, emergency room visits, respiratory symptoms, and restricted activity days. These adverse health effects have been reported primarily in infants, children, and older adults with preexisting heart or lung diseases. In addition, of all of the common air pollutants, PM2.5 is associated with the greatest proportion of adverse health effects related to air pollution, both in the United States and world-wide based on the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease Project.
Short-term exposures to PM10 have been associated primarily with worsening of respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), leading to hospitalization and emergency department visits.
Long-term (months to years) exposure to PM2.5 has been linked to premature death, particularly in people who have chronic heart or lung diseases, and reduced lung function growth in children. The effects of long-term exposure to PM10 are less clear, although several studies suggest a link between long-term PM10 exposure and respiratory mortality. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a review in 2015 that concluded that particulate matter in outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer.”
Learn more about the health effects of participate matter air pollution by clicking here, and stay tuned for updates as we install more monitors in the coming weeks!