• April 18, 2024

Seven million deaths

 Seven million deaths

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Updated estimations from the World Health Organization suggest that seven million deaths a year are caused by people breathing ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.
According to a WHO press note, new data shows that air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world; so that nine out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.
“Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,” says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.
“It is unacceptable that over three billion people – most of them women and children – are still breathing deadly smoke every day from using polluting stoves and fuels in their homes. If we don’t take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.”
WHO estimates that about seven million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia.
WHO recognizes that air pollution is a critical risk factor for noncommunicable diseases, causing an estimated 24 percent of all adult deaths from heart disease, 25 percent from stroke, 43 percent from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 29 percent from lung cancer.
The press note is at: http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/02-05-2018-9-out-of-10-people-worldwide-breathe-polluted-air-but-more-countries-are-taking-action.