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Results by zone:

This data represents measurements taken between 10/18/17 and 12/7/17

Area N1

N1 represents the section of Fresno that is located North of Clinton and West of Blackstone:

The median levels of pm2.5 pm10, TVOC, and C02 were:

pm2.5: 23.58 µg/m3
pm10: 36.75 µg/m3
TVOC: 172.81 ppb
CO2: 324.43 ppm

Area S1

S1 represents the section of Fresno that is located South of Clinton and West of Blackstone:

The median levels of pm2.5 pm10, TVOC, and C02 were:

pm2.5: 81.56 µg/m3
pm10: 103.00 µg/m3
TVOC: 67.60 ppb
CO2: 512.07 ppm

Area N2

N2 represents the section of Fresno that is located North of Clinton and East of Blackstone:

The median levels of pm2.5 pm10, TVOC, and C02 were:

pm2.5: 10.28 µg/m3
pm10: 18.33 µg/m3
TVOC: 138.71 ppb
CO2: 511.27 ppm

Area S2

S2 represents the section of Fresno that is located South of Clinton and East of Blackstone:

The median levels of pm2.5 pm10, TVOC, and C02 were:

pm2.5: 48.73 µg/m3
pm10: 63.20 µg/m3
TVOC: 109.47 ppb
CO2: 467.60 ppm

PM 2.5

Particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5µm (commonly referred to as PM 2.5) is a pollutant found in the atmosphere that is made with a mixture of liquid and solid particles.

Health Risks:

• respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity, such as aggravation of asthma, respiratory symptoms and an increase in hospital admissions

• mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and from lung cancer.

PM 10

Particulate matter with a diameter less than 10µm (commonly referred to as PM 210) is a pollutant found in the atmosphere is made with a mixture of liquid and solid particles.

Health Risks:

• respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity, such as aggravation of asthma, respiratory symptoms and an increase in hospital admissions

TVOC

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a group of air pollutants that are emitted from places power plants, gas stations, autobody and paint shops, and diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles.

Health Risks:

Health risks connected TVOC are different for each gas. more studies would have to b don to figure out what exact gases are in the air.

CO2

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is air pollution that is caused from burning fossil fuels.

Health Risks:

headachesdizzinessrestlessness, a tingling or pins or needles feeling, difficulty breathingsweatingtirednessincreased heart rateelevated blood pressurecoma ,asphyxia, and convulsions

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Results

In this experiment 20 test were performed, 5 for each zone between the dates of October 18th, 2017 and December 7th, 2017. After taking the median readings for each zone we discovered that during the time of testing zone S1 had the highest levels of pollution, zone S2 had the second highest. zone N1 had the third highest and zone N2 was the cleanest.


Our hypothesis was that air quality in south west Fresno (zone S1) would have a higher rate of pollution that affects mortality was right. With levels of pm2.5 and pm10 that are approximately 4 times greater in South West Fresno than North East Fresno (Zone N2), and in some parts of that zone 8-10 times greater, it is more than likely that there is a connection to higher rates of mortality and air pollution.

Conclusion

Fresno has 3 major health issues: Diabetes, heart disease, and chronic lung. The data from the results of this experiment lead me to believe that chronic lung and heart disease is more than likely more common in South Fresno due to higher levels of pollution like pm2.5 and pm10 that can cause those illness. I would also expect to see higher rates of lung cancer, infant mortality, respiratory illness, and cardiovascular disease in those areas.


Our next step is consult with professionals in the health field and repeat the test to make sure the data is accurate.

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