Friday, 4 May 2018

WHO: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), 2nd May 2018

2 May 2018, Geneva – Air pollution levels remain at dangerously high levels in many parts of the world. New data reveals that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. like black carbon which penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system. 

WHO estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that lead to diseases such as stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air but more countries are taking action.

Image: Urban pollution, Manila, Philippines

91%
of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits

4.2 million
deaths every year as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution

3.8 million
deaths every year as a result of household exposure to smoke from dirty cookstoves and fuels

For more information about World Health Organization (WHO), please visit http://www.who.int