This research can be used identify actions to best improve public health. By implementing the most effective strategies, we can save lives and breathe deeply knowing the air will not kill us.
Additional Facts on Pollution:
- World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines set daily particulate matter at 25 micrograms per cubic meter.
- At this time of the year, Beijing and New Delhi will see daily levels at or above 300 micrograms per cubic meter metre; 1,200 per cent higher than WHO guidelines.
- According to the Global Burden of Disease study, air pollution causes more deaths than other risk factors like malnutrition, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, and unsafe sex. It is the fourth greatest risk behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking.
- Cardiovascular disease accounts for the majority of deaths from air pollution with additional impacts from lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory infections.
University of British Columbia. "Poor air quality kills 5.5 million worldwide annually." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 February 2016.
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