3,200,000 Die from
Air Pollution Every Year
Perhaps because there are no drugs available to counter air pollution, it has
never been taken as seriously by governments as other diseases like HIV/Aids or malaria,
even though the World Health Organisation estimates more than 2 million people worldwide
die every year from bad air and that it is now among the top 10 killers in the world. But
governments may have to act as new research shows it to be rapidly worsening.
The biggest study done so far, published one month ago in the
Lancet suggested that, worldwide, a record 3.2 million people died from air
pollution in 2010, compared with 800,000 in 2000. The annual Global Burden of Disease
(GBD) report ranked air pollution for the first time in the world's top 10 list of killer
diseases ... If nothing is done to improve it, the EU expects to see 200,000 premature
deaths a year in Europe by 2020 due to particle emissions alone.
17 January 2013