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Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks

15 MARCH 2016 | GENEVA -- An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from WHO. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

An updated report comprehensively reviewing the links between the environment and health.

Ambient (outdoor) air pollution in cities database

7 MAY 2014 | GENEVA - Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems. WHO’s urban air quality database covers 1600 cities across 91 countries – 500 more cities than the previous database (2011), revealing that more cities worldwide are monitoring outdoor air quality, reflecting growing recognition of air pollution’s health risks.

Burden of disease from ambient and household air pollution

25 MARCH 2014 | GENEVA - In new estimates released today, 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.

Database: outdoor air pollution in cities

26 SEPTEMBER 2011 | GENEVA -- In many cities air pollution is reaching levels that threaten people's health according to an unprecedented compilation of air quality data released today by WHO. The information includes data from nearly 1100 cities across 91 countries, including capital cities and cities with more than 100 000 residents.
WHO estimates more than 2 million people die every year from breathing in tiny particles present in indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health