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Title: 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
Authors: Malik, Ireneusz
Danek, M.
Marchwińska-Wyrwał, E.
Danek, T.
Wistuba, Małgorzata
Krąpiec, M.
Keywords: Air pollution; Tree ring reductions; Infant mortality; Cancer morbidity
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, Vol. 223, no. 6 (2012), s. 3345-3364
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.
DOI: 10.1007/s11270-012-1114-8
ISSN: 0049-6979
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