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Over 95% of world’s population breathing unhealthy air


More than 95 per cent of the world’s population is breathing unhealthy air, with and jointly contributing to over 50 per cent of global deaths attributed to pollution, a new report has found.

According to the annual State of Global Air Report, published on Tuesday by the Boston-based (HEI), long-term exposure to air contributed to an estimated 6.1 million deaths across the globe in 2016, reports

The report found that topped for early deaths from outdoor air with 1.1 million in 2016.

While had made some progress in declining air pollution, India, and have experienced the steepest increases in air levels since 2010, it added.

Air was the fourth-highest cause of death among all health risks globally, coming in below high blood pressure, diet and smoking, according to the report.

“Air takes a huge personal toll worldwide, making it difficult to breathe for those with respiratory disease, sending the young and old to hospital, missing school and work, and contributing to early death,” quoted Bob O’Keefe, of HEI, as saying in a statement on Tuesday.

“The trends we report show real progress in some parts of the world — but serious challenges remain to eliminate this avoidable affliction,” he added.

The report also took into account those exposed to the burning of solid fuels in their homes, typically used for cooking or heating their houses, resulting in indoor air

In 2016, a total of 2.5 billion people — one in three of global citizens — were exposed to air from solid fuels such as wood or charcoal.

Tuesday’s report is the latest in a string of studies investigating the effects of air on global populations, reported.

In April 2017, the said that environmental pollutants cost an estimated 1.7 million lives among children under the age of five.

In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to in some form — air, water, soil, or occupational pollution, according to a study published in The Lancet.



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9 Comments on "Over 95% of world’s population breathing unhealthy air"

  1. peakyeast on Wed, 18th Apr 2018 10:08 am 

    When looking at global pollution it sure does look like that it is increasing at an accelerating rate – just like LTG also shows.

  2. Dave Thompson on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 1:26 am 

    Where in the hell do I go for the 5% good air?!?!?!!

  3. makati1 on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 1:39 am 

    Dave, maybe where I live? Five miles inland at 85 meters above sea level, where the only town is a small one of few motor vehicles, no industry other than farms and mostly self sufficient inhabitants. The sir comes in over about 8,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, most of the time, and has a long time to rain out any pollution from there to here. Of course, there is some, but not nearly as much as my Us, Philly, location.,8.61,418

    Of course I am speaking of the Pacific side of the Philippines.

  4. Dave Thompson on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 1:51 am 

    Makati1 Love the link.

  5. makati1 on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 2:42 am 

    Dave, very informative and you can see major storms forming and heading your way. Play with the various items on the menu EARTH. The wind at 500 will show you the erratic jet stream. It is how I track weather here and in the Us.

  6. Davy on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 5:48 am 

    You will need that information billy 3rd world because super typhoons are in your future.

    “Philippines Typhoon History”
    “No other country on earth is struck by tropical storms as often as the Philippines. On average about 5-10 storms actually strike the island chain each year, most often the northernmost island of Luzon.”

    “Asian typhoons becoming more intense, study finds”
    “The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due to warming seas, a new study has found. The researchers warn that global warming will lead the giant storms to become even stronger in the future, threatening the large and growing coastal populations of those nations.”

  7. Dredd on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 6:03 am 

    Tards gotta have a Tardie to hide their poisonous plans (The Shapeshifters of Bullshitistan – 14).

  8. TheNationalist on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 8:20 am 

    Fake Newsflash! 95 % of ruling elite don’t give two shits about the air the peasants have to breath!

  9. onlooker on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 6:29 pm 

    PEAK, everything is getting worse because 7 plus billion people and the modern civilization they built cannot but continue to degrade and deplete the Earth

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