Air Pollution Linked to One in Eight Deaths: WHO


Roughly one in eight people die because of the world’s largest environmental health risk, which is directly related to how much you drive.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new report that claims that 7 million people died in 2012 as a result of air pollution exposure, while one in every eight deaths worldwide can be linked to breathing polluted air. “Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives,” says the WHO, which has now categorized air pollution as the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

New data has revealed a stronger link between air pollution and cardiovascular diseases, such as a stroke, heart attack or even cancer. Add on the already known affects that air pollution has in the development of respiratory diseases, and the effects of air pollution need to be taken seriously.

This report should help organizations such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) achieve new sanctions on gasoline-powered cars, while also promoting the use of electric vehicles.

In terms of locations, low- and middle-income families in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions has the worst pollution to deal with in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to air pollution. The west is not immune however, as just last week, Paris had to implement a ban on almost half of its car due to emergency levels of air pollution.