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Title: Selective Collection of Airborne Particulate Matter

Here, airborne particulate matter (PM) or aerosol particles or simply aerosol are ubiquitous in the environment. They originate from natural processes such as wind erosion, road dust, forest fire, ocean spray and volcanic eruption, and man-made sources consuming fossil fuels resulting from utility power generation and transportation, and numerous industrial processes. Aerosols affect our daily life in many ways; PM reduces visibility in many polluted metropolitan areas, adversely impact human health and local air quality around the world. Aerosol alters cloud cycles and change atmospheric radiation balance. Changes in daily mortality associated with particulate air pollution were typically estimated at approximately 0.5–1.5% per 10 µg m –3 increase in PM10 concentrations. Laden et al. (2006) found “an increase in overall mortality associated with each 10 µg m –3 increase in PM2.5 concentration either as the overall mean (rate ratio [RR], 1.16; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.07–1.26) or as exposure in the year of death (RR, 1.14; 95% CI, 1.06–1.22). PM2.5 exposure was associated with lung cancer (RR, 1.27; 95% CI, 0.96–1.69) and cardiovascular deaths (RR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.13–1.44). Improved overall mortality was associated with decreased mean PM 2.5 (10 µg m –3) between periods (RR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.57–0.95)”.more » Aerosol particles also play an important role in source identification and apportionment. Since the PM problem is associated with many facets of societal issues such as energy production and economic development, making progress on reducing the effects of PM will require integrated strategies that bring together scientists, engineers and decision makers from different disciplines to consider tradeoffs.« less
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Aerosol and Air Quality Research
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Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1680-8584
Chinese Association for Aerosol Research in Taiwan
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
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