Asia air pollution deaths to rise as air quality worsens: Environment group
HONG KONG (AFP) - Air pollution in Asia, which already kills at least 800,000 people each year, will likely lead to even higher death rates as the region's air quality worsens, an environmental group warned on Wednesday.
Energy consumption and rising vehicle emissions amid Asia's rapid economic growth are the main driving force behind the region's increasingly acute air pollution, according to air quality group Clean Air Asia.
"What we are worrying is that we are seeing the PM10 concentration (level) is on the rise again," the group's executive director Sophie Punte told a regional conference on air pollution in Hong Kong.
"Seven out of 10 cities in developing Asia are breathing air that is harmful to their health," she told 600 environmentalists and government officials gathered at the "Better Air Quality" conference organised by the group.