Industry News: Excessive Air Pollution Affects 92 Percent of People Worldwide
October 3, 2016
A recent article in the Washington Post outlined a World Health Organization report that said that more than nine out of ten people worldwide suffer major health problems due to excessive air pollution. The U.N. health agency said in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, with southeast Asia, eastern Mediterranean and western Pacific regions hardest hit.
The country-by-country figures come from new satellite data over rural areas to complement traditional ground measurements of pollution, mostly in cities, in about 3,000 places worldwide. A similar WHO report released in May that said 98 percent of residents in large cities of low- and middle-income countries are facing excessively high air pollution. WHO says one in nine deaths worldwide is linked to indoor and outdoor pollution.
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