This video says about itself:
27 September 2016
6.5 million people die from air pollution each year. Their causes: strokes, heart diseases and cancer, according to a study by the World Health Organization.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Thursday 15th June 2017
UN HEALTH experts meeting in the Czech Republic have warned that 1.4 million people across Europe and central Asia die prematurely every year from pollution.
Experts and ministers from across the WHO’s European region — stretching from Iceland in the north-west to Tajikistan in the south-east — are currently meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, to discuss the health effects of a dirty environment.
WHO Europe regional director Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab said that “we can prevent the 1.4 million environment-related deaths by making health a political choice.
“We have enough evidence. We have solutions at hand. What we need is action,” said Olga Algayerova, the executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.
Much like the fight to stop planet-wrecking climate change, the scientists said the steps to take weren’t a mystery — it was just a case of getting on with a job that governments have put off for far too long, risking a catastrophe.
And many of the solutions are the same — replacing polluting power stations and transport with proven clean methods.
But government inaction remains the big hold up. In Britain, for example, the government has undermined renewable energy in favour of dirty fracking, encouraged greater use of polluting cars by spending over £15 billion on new roads and been repeatedly condemned by judges for refusing to publish effective plans to tackle air pollution.
A new study of 60 million Americans — about 97 percent of people age 65 and older in the United States — shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards: here.