Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
According to the body’s just released estimates, seven million people died in 2012 as a result of air pollution. That amounts to one in 8 deaths worldwide.
“The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes,” stated Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the WHO’s Department for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.
Their findings attribute 80 percent of outdoor air pollution-caused deaths to heart disease and stroke; those diseases were implicated in 60 percent of indoor air pollution-caused deaths.
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Because the indoor air pollution is often the result of smoke and soot from cooking stoves, women and children pay a particular heavy price.
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