Dirty air named one of the causes of premature death (3 photos)

Category: Health, PEGI 0+
17 June 2024

Then it suddenly turned out that living next to industrial enterprises is extremely dangerous, and breathing smoke from fires is also not very good for your health.

Scientists from Singapore conducted the largest study of the problem of air pollution. They studied 40 years of data to give an overall picture of the impact of air quality on health and came to disappointing conclusions, which absolutely everyone who has lived for a long time in large industrial cities knows about.

They studied NASA satellite data on levels of particulate matter in the atmosphere and mortality statistics from environmental pollution. This information is provided by the US Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was also used.

The study found that pollution from industrial emissions and wildfires contributed to 135 million premature deaths worldwide between 1980 and 2020.

Weather conditions exacerbate the effects of pollutants by increasing their concentration in the air. According to a study, air pollution increases mortality by 14%. People died due to pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, strokes and cancer.

Asia had the "highest number of premature deaths linked to air pollution" with more than 98 million, mostly in China and India, according to the university.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Japan also experienced significant numbers of premature deaths, ranging from 2 to 5 million per year.

The World Health Organization said air pollution is linked to 6.7 million premature deaths worldwide each year.

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