Baltimore: Number 1 in air pollution deaths
A troubling report in the journal Atmospheric Environment claims that, not only do 200,000 Americans die needlessly in the US each year from the effects of breathing air pollution, but that Baltimore City leads the nation in deaths per 100,000 residents.
Researchers mapped pollution levels and early deaths in the 50 states, then dug deeper:
The researchers also mapped local emissions in 5,695 U.S. cities, finding the highest emissions-related mortality rate in Baltimore, where 130 out of every 100,000 residents likely die in a given year due to long-term exposure to air pollution.
Math time: 130 people times 6.3 (Baltimore’s population divided by 100,000) would be 819 Baltimoreans cut down each year. Put another way, that’s four times the number killed annually by homicide.