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Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) Growth Suppression and Adverse Effects on Human Health Due to Air Pollution in the Upper Silesian Industrial District (USID), Southern Poland.

Malik I, Danek M, Marchwińska-Wyrwał E, Danek T, Wistuba M, Krąpiec M - Water Air Soil Pollut (2012)

Bottom Line: Especially high amounts of reductions and many missing rings were found in the period 1964-1981.At the same time, pines growing 60 km west of the USID do not record deep ring reductions; this proves that the phenomenon is of a regional nature.Therefore, it may be possible to use tree ring reductions as an early indicator of the occurrence of adverse effects on human health.

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ABSTRACT
Air pollution emissions were not continually monitored in the Upper Silesian Industrial District (USID), southern Poland, and data is only available for the last 20 years. Long-lasting and severe tree ring reductions in pines growing 5-20 km north of the USID area recorded particularly high levels of air pollution emissions in the period 1950-1990. Especially high amounts of reductions and many missing rings were found in the period 1964-1981. At the same time, pines growing 60 km west of the USID do not record deep ring reductions; this proves that the phenomenon is of a regional nature. Increases in infant mortality and lung, bronchial, and tracheal cancer morbidity rates among males were also recorded in the USID during periods of high air pollution. Infant mortality rates increased several years after the tree ring reductions. Therefore, it may be possible to use tree ring reductions as an early indicator of the occurrence of adverse effects on human health.

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Relationship between infant mortality rates in Poland and the Upper Silesian Industrial District. a Variability of infant mortality rates in the USID and in Poland. b Infant mortality index (USID minus Poland)
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Fig9: Relationship between infant mortality rates in Poland and the Upper Silesian Industrial District. a Variability of infant mortality rates in the USID and in Poland. b Infant mortality index (USID minus Poland)

Mentions: Between 1970 and 1981, the infant mortality rate for newborn babies up to 4 weeks old in the Upper Silesian Industrial District was significantly higher than in the rest of Poland (Statistical Bulletins of Health Ministry, 1970–2009) (Fig. 9a, b).Fig. 9


Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) Growth Suppression and Adverse Effects on Human Health Due to Air Pollution in the Upper Silesian Industrial District (USID), Southern Poland.

Malik I, Danek M, Marchwińska-Wyrwał E, Danek T, Wistuba M, Krąpiec M - Water Air Soil Pollut (2012)

Relationship between infant mortality rates in Poland and the Upper Silesian Industrial District. a Variability of infant mortality rates in the USID and in Poland. b Infant mortality index (USID minus Poland)
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig9: Relationship between infant mortality rates in Poland and the Upper Silesian Industrial District. a Variability of infant mortality rates in the USID and in Poland. b Infant mortality index (USID minus Poland)
Mentions: Between 1970 and 1981, the infant mortality rate for newborn babies up to 4 weeks old in the Upper Silesian Industrial District was significantly higher than in the rest of Poland (Statistical Bulletins of Health Ministry, 1970–2009) (Fig. 9a, b).Fig. 9

Bottom Line: Especially high amounts of reductions and many missing rings were found in the period 1964-1981.At the same time, pines growing 60 km west of the USID do not record deep ring reductions; this proves that the phenomenon is of a regional nature.Therefore, it may be possible to use tree ring reductions as an early indicator of the occurrence of adverse effects on human health.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT
Air pollution emissions were not continually monitored in the Upper Silesian Industrial District (USID), southern Poland, and data is only available for the last 20 years. Long-lasting and severe tree ring reductions in pines growing 5-20 km north of the USID area recorded particularly high levels of air pollution emissions in the period 1950-1990. Especially high amounts of reductions and many missing rings were found in the period 1964-1981. At the same time, pines growing 60 km west of the USID do not record deep ring reductions; this proves that the phenomenon is of a regional nature. Increases in infant mortality and lung, bronchial, and tracheal cancer morbidity rates among males were also recorded in the USID during periods of high air pollution. Infant mortality rates increased several years after the tree ring reductions. Therefore, it may be possible to use tree ring reductions as an early indicator of the occurrence of adverse effects on human health.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus