Air pollution kills 7 million a year: WHO

Nine out of 10 people around the world are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollutants that can lead to cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Nine out of 10 people around the world are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollutants that can lead to cancer and cardiovascular diseases. PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA • Toxic levels of air pollution lead to the early death of an estimated seven million people annually, according to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) report published yesterday.

Nine out of 10 people around the world are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollutants that can lead to cancer and cardiovascular diseases, according to the study which drew off the most recent 2016 data.

Air pollution levels were the highest in the East Mediterranean region and South-east Asia, where in some areas airborne toxins were five times the WHO limits and disproportionately affected the poor and most vulnerable.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Air pollution kills 7 million a year: WHO'. Print Edition | Subscribe