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.

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Air pollution now linked to cancer

Air pollutionIf you think air pollution is just a topic for daydreamers, leftists and treehuggers, please do read on. To the World Health Organization – via its International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC  – air pollution is now been linked to cancers.

As Climate Progress notes, in 2010 alone, air pollution have been linked to to 3.2 million premature deaths, predominantly from cardiovascular disease, and 223,000 deaths from lung cancer.

” Sources of air pollution identified by the agency include emissions from motor vehicles, industrial processes, power plants and household heating and cooking fumes. “

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Air pollution kills more than HIV and Malaria combined

Here is another article I wrote  for Cleantechies. It is on air pollution, a widespread phenomenon that is stricking both developed and developing nations all around the world. As one can see, it is also a most killing one : ” The combustion of fossil fuels are a huge health hazard as to a recent … Read more

Agreement on mercury signed by 140 countries

MercuryThis month no less than 140 countries signed a legally binding agreement to curb their mercury emissions. While mercury is no greenhouse gas, it is a serious problem for both the environment and human health.

To the World Health Organization (WHO) : ” “The inhalation of mercury vapour can produce harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal. “

It is used in various industrial processes such as small-scale gold mining and is emitted by coal-fired plants. (Guess that makes another reason to stop using it…)

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WHO : diesel exhausts cause lung cancer

According to the World Health Organization : ” the WHO  today classified  diesel  engine  exhaust  as carcinogenic  to  humans,  based  on  sufficient  evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer.“ This is a bad news for me as I recently changed for a diesel car and I am amazed at how … Read more

The developing world needs clean cookstoves

What do you get when Hillary Clinton and Julia Roberts work together? An article on clean cookstoves : “Some 3 billion people live in homes where food is cooked on stoves or over fires burning fuels like wood, dung, charcoal, or  waste.”

” According to the World Health Organization, smoke from dirty stoves and fires kills almost 2 million people each year, most of them women and children. It kills more than twice as many people as malaria. “

If you are interested in this important issue, please check out the website of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

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Europe is warming faster than other regions

According to a study from the European Environment Agency, the World Health Organization and the European Commission the EU is warming faster than other regions.

This report also provides further data on rising sea levels and temperatures forecasts which are higher than the one given last year by the specialists of the IPCC.

This reports also focuses on the various means at our disposal to avert climate change and to adapt to it. This is specifically the subject of today’s post.

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