Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide

Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide

Air pollution exposure contributes to one in eight deaths around the globe, according to estimates released Tuesday (March 25) by the World Health Organization. More than doubling previous estimates of air pollution-related deaths, the new report says air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012, making it the No. 1 environmental health risk. Respiratory ailments have long been linked to air pollution, but dirty air also has more insidious effects on health. WHO officials say they’ve found a stronger link

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