Tuesday, October 6, 2015   

Air pollution killed 7 million
(03-25 10:05)

Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated 7 million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said.
“Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it's affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries,'' said Maria Neira, the World Health Organization's public and environmental health chief. AFP reports.
Globally, pollution was linked to one death in eight in 2012, new WHO research found.
The biggest pollution-related killers were heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease and lung cancer.
The hardest-hit regions of the globe were what the WHO labels Southeast Asia, which includes India and Indonesia, and the Western Pacific, ranging from China and South Korea to Japan and Philippines.
Together, they accounted for 5.9 million deaths.
The global death toll included 4.3 million deaths due to indoor air pollution, chiefly caused by cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves.
The toll from outdoor pollution was 3.7 million, with sources ranging from coal heating fires to diesel engines.
Many people are exposed to both indoor and outdoor pollution, the WHO said, and due to that overlap the separate death toll attributed to the two sources cannot simply be added together, hence the figure of seven million deaths.
According to the WHO, some 2.9 billion people in poor nations live in homes that use fires as their principal method of cooking and heating.
Other World breaking news:
Particle researchers win Nobel physics prize (6 mins ago)
Singapore hospital hepatitis C scare kills four renal patients, infects 22 (37 mins ago)
Judge won’t buy convict Aussie drummer Rudd’s flare up excuse (10-06 13:57)
Israelis destroy homes of Palestinian attackers (10-06 13:51)
Bangladeshi gang knifes Christian pastor (10-06 13:47)
Tokyo decries Bangladesh killing of national (10-05 19:48)
Filipino’s dowry demand costs a life (10-05 19:42)
Malaria drug discoverer from China among trio awarded medicine Nobel (10-05 18:55)
Francis tells church dinosaurs to move forward (10-05 17:28)
Russia bombs more targets in Syria (10-05 17:27)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.