Paulo Saldiva is a militant scientist who researches the impact of urban pollution on the health of citizens. Saldiva is the head of the pathology service the cardiology institute at USP’s Medical School and the coordinator of CNPq’s Instituto Nacional de Análise Integrada de Risco Ambiental (Brazilian Institute for Integrated Analysis of Environmental Risk). He rides his bicycle to work everyday, crossing the main roads in the city of Sao Paulo, and believes this saves time and makes him healthier. And this should come as no surprise, since his research shows that the pollution intake of Brazilian drivers is equal to 4 times the level accepted by the WHO and that the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease is increasing everytime the public transportation system goes on strike.
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