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Damage Functions from Airborne Residuals Air pollution is a growing concern that has gained an increasing level of attention by both scientists and legislators This need to understand the degree of damages resulting from airborne residuals has sparked many projects to determine how these residuals are affecting us and the cost that they bear to both our economy and our health Once this information has been found only then can we look at ways to estimate the benefit of pollution abatement Methods of determining mortality and morbidity related to airborne residuals are often unreliable and inadequate considering the amount of variables unknown Epidemiological studies include data that are the best adapted to the estimation of air pollution effects This data is gathered over long periods of time however it is harder to pinpoint morbidity data because we dont know all the things that made someone become ill Another problem with gathering this is that a lot of morbidity simply isnt reported What is being reported is employment based which includes things such as vacation and sick days From this data we dont have a way to relate sickness to that of pollution To further complicate the problem the use of death certificates arent relevant in the fact that they dont tell what really killed the person therefore making the information on them unreliable Smoking habits socioeconomic status and many other immeasurable factors that can lead to death go unaccounted for A second method of investigating is by looking at episodic relationships This deals mainly with mortality and the information gathered reflects episodes recorded in discrete time blocks It is gathered during a short term for example on a daily or weekly basis The problem with this is that the measurements are crude and are based only on a single measurement for a large area Once again long-term exposure or habits can cause data to be unreliable take for example someone smoking for 45
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