Air pollution kills 50000 people in UK

Air pollution kills 50000 people in UK

A report revealed that pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015.

Environmental lobbyists say a new report showing pollution kills more people around the world than war and infectious diseases is proof of why Canada needs to finally put in place enforceable national air quality standards.

Nearly all these deaths occurred in low and middle income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. But the absolute number of air pollution deaths in Bangladesh was only 0.2 million.

The alarm was sounded in Thursday's report by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, an global group of over 40 authors writing on health and environment. "It is a thorough threat, affecting many elements of human health and well-being", said Philip Landrigan, professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States, who led the study, on Friday (10/20/2017).

The next biggest cause is water pollution, leading to the spread of gastrointestinal diseases and parasitic infections, which have killed 1.8 million people.

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Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: "Air pollution is reaching crisis point worldwide, and the United Kingdom is faring worse than many countries in western Europe and the US". The US is the only developed country on the list.

The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health also noted that Air pollution was found to be the biggest culprit around the world and all pollution-linked deaths - around 92 percent - were in poor or middle-income countries.

In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease are responsible for more than one death in four, it said.

Other countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, North Korea, South Sudan and Haiti have seen almost one in every fifth premature deaths caused by pollution.