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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1321; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111321

Spatiotemporal Changes in Fine Particulate Matter Pollution and the Associated Mortality Burden in China between 2015 and 2016

1,3,4,5,* and 2,6,*
School of Resources and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Health Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430071, China
Key Laboratory of GIS, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Key Laboratory of Digital Mapping and Land Information Application Engineering, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Global Health Institute, Wuhan University, 8 Donghunan Road, Wuhan 430072, China
Luwei Feng and Bo Ye contributed equally to this paper.
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Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 19 October 2017 / Accepted: 27 October 2017 / Published: 30 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Risk Assessment)
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In recent years, research on the spatiotemporal distribution and health effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has been conducted in China. However, the limitations of different research scopes and methods have led to low comparability between regions regarding the mortality burden of PM2.5. A kriging model was used to simulate the distribution of PM2.5 in 2015 and 2016. Relative risk (RR) at a specified PM2.5 exposure concentration was estimated with an integrated exposure–response (IER) model for different causes of mortality: lung cancer (LC), ischaemic heart disease (IHD), cerebrovascular disease (stroke) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The population attributable fraction (PAF) was adopted to estimate deaths attributed to PM2.5. 72.02% of cities experienced decreases in PM2.5 from 2015 to 2016. Due to the overall decrease in the PM2.5 concentration, the total number of deaths decreased by approximately 10,658 per million in 336 cities, including a decrease of 1400, 1836, 6312 and 1110 caused by LC, IHD, stroke and COPD, respectively. Our results suggest that the overall PM2.5 concentration and PM2.5-related deaths exhibited decreasing trends in China, although air quality in local areas has deteriorated. To improve air pollution control strategies, regional PM2.5 concentrations and trends should be fully considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: PM2.5; spatiotemporal characteristics; population exposure; mortality burden; China PM2.5; spatiotemporal characteristics; population exposure; mortality burden; China

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Feng, L.; Ye, B.; Feng, H.; Ren, F.; Huang, S.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, Y.; Du, Q.; Ma, L. Spatiotemporal Changes in Fine Particulate Matter Pollution and the Associated Mortality Burden in China between 2015 and 2016. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1321.

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