Cleaner Air is Making El Pasoans Live Longer, Study Says

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2009 - 8:20am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, life expectancy increased 8 and a half months in El Paso. The study looked at 51 cities across the country, some with the worst reputations for pollution. Researchers say life expectancy increased in large part because of the reduction of the amount of very fine particles spewed from tailpipes and smokestacks. Those particles are so small, they can get past the body's natural filters and do harm. Environmentalists call the study significant, saying it only adds to the argument for investing in clean energy.

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