7 Million Deaths Linked to Air Pollution in 2012 — Physician’s First Watch
7 Million Deaths Linked to Air Pollution in 2012
By the Editors
Worldwide, about one in eight deaths — or 7 million — was attributable to air pollution in 2012, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization. That roughly doubles previous estimates.
The new estimates used data from satellites, ground-level monitoring, and pollution emissions.
Countries in southeast Asia and the western Pacific were hit the hardest, accounting for 3.3 million deaths associated with indoor air pollution and 2.6 million with outdoor air pollution. Most air pollution deaths were related to stroke, ischemic heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.