Air Pollution Reason for around 3.2 Million Premature Deaths a Year

December 19, 2012 / No Comments

We already know about the severe health problems caused by pollution. A new study conducted by an international group of experts reveals that the outdoor pollution is responsible for more than 3.2 million premature deaths around the world a year.

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Fine particulate matter in soot is the main contributor to the damage, especially in the developing smog-choked cities across Asia. And 3.2 million is definitely a high number –much more than expected.

As per the report published outdoor air pollution is the No. 4 health risk, behind smoking. The report also claims that it is the 8th major reason for premature birth around the world. Most of the premature deaths due to air pollution are in China and other countries in Asia. They conducted the study that includes the data of the urban areas only by using rigorous and highly advanced methodology. How come the air pollution is so dangerous? The finest soot enters the lungs and from there enters the bloodstream which causes most of the major health issues. Diesel soot, a carcinogen, is also a major problem in cities where it is accumulated largely in the air. One in six people in the U.S. live near a diesel pollution hot spot and it will contribute to half the premature deaths.

We all should stand together and actively work towards a world where three million people don’t die early every year.