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ESTIMATES OF ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH: METHODOLOGICAL AND THEORETICAL POSSIBILITIES FOR SÃO PAULO CITY

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Author(s): Gheisa Roberta Telles Esteves | Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas Barbosa | Ennio Peres da Silva | Paula Duarte Araújo

Journal: Interfacehs : Journal of Health, Environment and Sustainability
ISSN 1980-0894

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Atmospheric Pollution | Human Health | Costs to Health

ABSTRACT
The article aims to analyze the theoretical and methodological issues arising from the effects of atmospheric pollutants on life quality and on human health, in particular. The great flow of vehicles in São Paulo city generates not just an increase in the emission of pollutants (which has a negative effect on human health), but also traffic jams and slow traffic (causing stress in people) and an increase in automobile accidents. Mitigation of the effects of atmospheric pollution on human health could be obtained through the gradual introduction of a new fleet of clean vehicles in the city, but also by educating the population to use public transportation more. In this article, the author briefly analyzes and describes the studies that have been carried out on the theme, as well as the methods used and the conclusions reached by them. Using a review of literature, the author indicates the next steps in her study on the atmospheric pollution effects on the health of the population in the city of São Paulo city and the metropolitan area.
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