Air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012

Air pollution kills millionsAccording to new figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO), both indoor and outdoor air pollution killed no less than seven million people around the world in 2012, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes,” said Maria Neira, Director of WHO’s Department for Public Health”

You would guess that with one in eight deaths now attributed to air pollution, our elected representatives will act even more on closing dirty factories, coal fired plants and so on.

Acting on these two elements would be huge strides forward on air pollution. We have seen that everyone is concerned by the issue as all countries are hit. Last week we saw how Paris, yes, Paris in France was even touched by something that one would be concerning developing nations.

I wrote two previous pieces on Cleantechies on how air pollution kills more than HIV and Malaria combined and how it is costing billions to the European Union.




Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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