Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk, accounting for a staggering one in eight deaths, according to a new World Health Organisation report.
Approximately 7 million premature deaths were tied to air pollution in 2012. The vast majority of air pollution deaths are due to cardiovascular disease, with 80% of outdoor air pollution-caused deaths tied to ischaemic heart disease or stroke.
Low and middle-income countries in South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest number of death at 5.9 million due to air pollution exposure.
Here’s a map of the world’s worst air pollution (click for interactive version):
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