92% Of The World’s Population Lives In Places With Unsafe Levels Of Air Pollution

Posted: Sep 28 2016, 11:05am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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92% of the World’s Population Lives in Places with Unsafe Levels of Air Pollution
This WHO heat map shows the highest (red) and lowest (green) levels of air pollution worldwide. Credit: Image courtesy of World Health Organization
  • WHO Presents Air Pollution Model of the World with 92 Percent Unsafe Zones

WHO presented the latest model of the world indicating the air pollution across the world and estimating that the 92 percent of the affected population live in the most unsafe polluted regions.

In a recent collaboration with the University of Bath, World Health Organization (WHO) has presented a model indicating the air pollution across the world.

The model has been developed through data obtained from satellite measurements, air transport models and ground station monitors for more than 3000 locations, both rural and urban.

The model indicated where the air pollution was at higher levels and found that almost 92% of the world's population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.

The model was representative of both outdoor and indoor pollution. The model estimated that around 3 million people die every year because of air pollution. In 2012, an estimated 6.5 million deaths (11.6% of all global deaths) were associated with indoor and outdoor air pollution together.

One of the other findings revealed that almost 90% of air-pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Nearly 2 out of 3 deaths occur in WHO's South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions.

Dr Flavia Bustero, Assistant Director General at WHO commented that air pollution affects the most vulnerable parts of the population, children, women and older people. He said that everyone deserved to breathe their first and last breath in clean air.

The high levels of pollution in the high risk areas was attributed to public transport, ineffective fuel usage, industrial pollution etc. They also noted that some of the air pollution could also be attributed to natural phenomenon such as sandstorms especially places near deserts.

Dr. Bustero said that the WHO model provides a baseline for monitoring progress in combatting air pollution.

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