Air pollution deaths are double earlier estimates

Worldwide air pollution caused 120 extra deaths in every 100,000 people in a year study says

And worldwide, they found air pollution to be responsible for 8.8 million early deaths a year, compared to 7.2 million from smoking.

Air pollution kills almost as many people as smoking in Britain each year, new figures have shown.

Around 64,000 deaths in the United Kingdom were believed to be connected to air pollution in 2015, including 17,000 instances of heart and artery illness and 29,000 instances of lung disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Air pollution causes 64,000 early deaths in the United Kingdom every year - far more than previously feared, according to alarming new research. "Smoking is avoidable but air pollution is not", Munzel said.

In Europe, researchers found that it was even higher, causing 133 and 129 extra deaths a year per 100,000 people, respectively.

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In Germany, air pollution was said to have been responsible for an extra 124,000 deaths in 2015 and 2.4 years of lost life expectancy. They applied these to a new model of global exposure and death rates and to data from the World Health Organization, which included information on population density, geographical locations, ages, risk factors for several diseases and causes of death.

Cases of lung and cardiovascular disease were mainly caused by microscopic "PM 2.5" particles that become lodged in lungs and enter the bloodstream, said the researchers.

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"They should re-evaluate legislation on air quality and lower the EU's current [air pollution] limits", he said.

Scientists recommend lowering the standard in the European Union, which is now 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air, and is 2.5 times higher than recommended by the WHO.

"Since most of the particulate matter and other air pollutants in Europe come from the burning of fossil fuels, we need to switch to other sources for generating energy urgently", said Professor Jos Lelieveld, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. Authors of another study on pollution released a year ago suggested that "fine particle air pollution is the largest environmental risk factor worldwide, responsible for a substantially larger number of attributable deaths than other more well-known behavioral risk factors such as alcohol use, physical inactivity, or high sodium intake". "We need to see these global guidelines in United Kingdom law in order to drive decisive action to tackle air pollution and protect the nation's health".

Findings for non-European countries will be published separately, he said. It causes damage to the blood vessels through increased oxidative stress, which then leads to increases in blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart attacks and heart failure.

"When we use clean, renewable energy, we are not just fulfilling the Paris Agreement to mitigate the effects of climate change, we could also reduce air pollution-related death rates in Europe by up to 55 per cent".

In May 2018, the World Health Organization estimated that air pollution in cities and rural areas had resulted in 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2016.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, focused on ozone and the smallest pollution particles, known as PM2.5, that are particularly harmful to health as they can penetrate into the lungs and may even be able to cross into the blood.



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