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

7 million deaths annually linked to 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.

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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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7 million deathscaused by air pollution in 2012, covering both household and ambient air pollution

Joint effects of air pollution – summary of results
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