Ah, the fresh air of Fresno ... Calif dirty air kills more than car crashes
From the article: "If pollution levels were to improve to federal standards, the study says residents of the two air basins would suffer 3,860 fewer premature deaths, 3,780 fewer nonfatal heart attacks and would miss 470,000 fewer days of work annually. School children would miss more than 1.2 million fewer days of school, a savings of $112 million in caregiver costs. There also would be more than 2 million fewer cases of upper respiratory problems.
"As a society we make decisions to spend money on things such as railroad crossings or air traffic control - things that improve safety," Brajer said. "There are a lot of ways society spends money to make things safer, and that's what we're trying to get at." "