Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Air pollution shortens Europeans' lives by around two years

Lelieveld, Jos
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz
Air 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.

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