Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
Air pollution shortens Europeans' lives by around two years
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz
SummaryAir pollution has been significantly underestimated as a health hazard. Calculations of the global health study Global Burden of Disease (GBD) indicated that the global mortality rate due to air pollution was around 4.5 million people a year. In a new study, we show that this number is much higher: 8.8 million per year. In Europe alone, nearly 800,000 people die prematurely every year as a result of air pollution.