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Indoor air pollution in industrial countries

An extract from the book "Apocalypse No! How human resources really develop" by Björn Lomborg, Professor, Copenhagen University.

«One of the paradoxical consequences of the dramatic and welcome reduction of pollution in the outdoor air is the fact that pollution of indoor air is now the biggest problem (WHO 2000a). This is because we spend far more time in enclosed spaces and our houses are more tightly sealed, because since the oil crisis we insulate them better. At the same time, indoor air pollution poses a significant problem, because indoor pollution is much harder to monitor, regulate and reduce. In this context, it is curious to note that green plants make no measurable contribution to improving internal air.

According to the environmental authorities, the four most dangerous substances are not the main culprits that pollute outdoor air, but radon gas, cigarette smoke, formaldehyde and asbestos.
Radon is an invisible, radioactive gas that penetrates through the ground and into buildings. It is a fission product of uranium 238 that occurs naturally in the ground, and it is completely harmless when it escapes into the fresh air, where it dissipates and decays. However, in our houses it can build up to significant concentrations and cause lung cancer if it is inhaled.

Radon is responsible for about 55 % of the total radiation pollution, to which people are normally exposed. Of the remaining radioactivity, 16 % comes from space and from the ground, 11 % comes from our own bodies, 14 % from medical X-rays etc., 3 % from consumer goods and 1 % from other sources (Miller 1998, 267). Although its effects are still disputed, it is considered that radon which penetrates into houses causes lung cancer (the fission product polonium 218 is the real cause of cancer (Botkin and Keller 1998:502f)).

With respect to these four main domestic pollutants, it may be stated that scarcely anything has been done about radon – and over the last 20 years the problem has intensified, since houses that are better insulated are increasingly poorly ventilated. The proportion of smokers has drastically reduced, however, from 42 % in 1965 to the present-day figure of 25 %. As for formaldehyde and asbestos, products containing these dangerous substances have gradually been withdrawn from the market or subjected to better monitoring. In the long term, this will lead to improved safety.»

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