Public health, environmental and social determinants of health (PHE)

Burden of disease from ambient and household air pollution

Black soot produced by burning refinery by-products at a petrochemical complex south of Lyon, France

In new estimates released, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

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3.7 million deaths attributable to ambient air pollution

Mortality from ambient air pollution for 2012 - summary of results
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4.3 million deathsattributable to household air pollution

Mortality from household air pollution 2012 - summary of results.
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3000 cities and townsworldwide are reporting air pollution levels

Air quality in cities database – summary of results
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