Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Air pollution to become the biggest global killer

Smog and air pollution will kill more than 6 million
people each year by the year 2050, experts project.
People know about the dangers of malaria and dirty drinking water, but air pollution has been rather low on the public radar of possible threats.

This is bound to change with a newly released report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), entitled Environmental Outlook to 2050.

According to the report, scientists are expecting the number of deaths caused by air pollution to skyrocket and to kill more than 6 million people per year by mid-century.

Indoor air pollution is also still a concern, though maybe a bit less than it is now, the report says. However, ground-level ozone concerns will be on the rise, while malaria and unsafe drinking water deaths will be decreasing.

Air pollution can trigger a variety of health problems, including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation and congestion. It has also been linked with aggravated bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Wealthy and developed countries won’t be immune to this trend, especially as the general population gets older, since the elderly are more susceptible to air pollution.

Source: Washington Post

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