São Paulo air pollution particulates average 20 to 25 micrograms per cubic meter; over twice what is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. Across the entire state of São Paulo, air pollution has been cited as responsible for the deaths of nearly 100,000 people from 2006 to 2011 from respiratory illness. But not only humans are affected by the toxic clouds dispersed in the air…
A research study conducted by the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (IB-USP) found that trees suffer from air pollution, which interferes in the environmental benefits offered by them. As a model, scientists used the tipuana species (Tipuana tipu)—one of the most common trees in São Paulo city, South America’s largest metropolis—and showed that atmosphere pollutants restrain the plant’s development.
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