27 September 2016 | GENEVA – A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits.
Burden of disease from ambient and household air pollution
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.
3 million deaths attributable to ambient air pollutionAmbient air pollution: A global assessment of exposure and burden of disease
4.3 million deathsattributable to household air pollutionMortality from household air pollution 2012 - summary of results.
3000 cities and townsworldwide are reporting air pollution levelsAir quality in cities database – summary of results