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Air pollution causes 1 of every 8 deaths per year


Air pollution is a major issue for cities around the world, with regular dangerously high pollution levels in China coupled with recent warnings in Paris and London. While China’s air pollution alone led to 1.2 million premature deaths in 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is revealing today that 7 million people died from polluted air worldwide in 2012. The latest findings are more than double previous estimates, meaning one in eight deaths worldwide are caused by air pollution. Of the 7 million deaths, the WHO report notes that more than half (4.3 million) were caused by indoor air pollution, largely due to households using wood, coal, or biomass stoves.

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