Monday, November 15, 2021

Europe's Air Kills

There were  307,000 premature deaths due to air pollution in the EU in 2019.

Half of those deaths could have been avoided with new air quality guidelines, according to a new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Air pollution is the biggest environmental risk factor to human health in Europe. It can lead to heart disease and stroke, the main causes of premature death, as well as lung disease and lung cancer.

The report makes clear that meeting the air quality recommendations from the WHO could have helped the bloc reach its goal of 55% fewer premature deaths from exposure to fine particulate matter by 2030.

WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Henri Kluge welcomed the report and said: "To breathe clean air should be a fundamental human right. It is a necessary condition for healthy and productive societies."

Air pollution killed over 300,000 in EU in 2019 — report | News | DW | 15.11.2021

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