Air Pollution Can Be a Leading Cause of Death Globally

A new study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, finds that air pollution is one of the leading causes of death in the world. The risk to die from polluted air is even higher than from smoking, malaria, and general violence.Air Pollution Can Be a Leading Cause of Death Globally

To assess the global mortality from polluted air, the researchers created a sophisticated model able to determine the way in which air pollution interacts with certain factors. Thus, researchers concluded that in 2015 approximately 8.8 million people died due to air pollution.

The study authors write in their paper: “The fraction of avoidable [loss of life expectancy] from anthropogenic air pollution that can be attributed to fossil fuel use is nearly two-thirds globally, and up to about 80% in high-income countries.”

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