BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Air pollution has become a major concern over the last couple of years, mainly because the number of people killed by this risk factor has gone up. Air pollution death toll could increase to 5.5 million per year. Whereas in 2013, the death toll attributed to air pollution was estimated at 3 million people, it would that according to a new study the odds have increased.
In developed countries like China or India, air pollution is far from being considered unhealthy. As a matter of fact, air pollution has been recently rated the fourth highest risk factor for death on the globe. Indeed, over the years, air pollution managed to claw its way up to the top of the list, threatening to surpass even cancer.
As stated, the projected number of casualties for air pollution was estimated around three million deaths per year. But, according to a recent study, performed by two major institutions, it would seem that the death toll could increase to 5.5 million per year.
The study in question was performed by the University of Columbia, with the help of the Institute of Heath Metrics and Evaluation. The mandate of the project was to evaluate the risk factors associated with air pollution.
The team of researchers in charge of the project reviewed the data from over 188 countries, from 1990 to 2003. Results have shown that that air pollution death toll could increase to 5.5 million per year.
Moreover, despite their attempts to minimize air pollution, it would seem that the level of dangerous emissions has increased over the years. This result is indeed surprising, considering the fact that the level of air pollution has significantly decreased in the last 20 year.
And according to the study, it looks like fast developing countries like China and India have an increased level of air pollution. Rapid urbanization and the growth spur were taken into account when computing the results. Moreover, the researchers have discovered that besides atmospheric pollution, there is another killer out there, more silent and quite deadly.
Besides outdoor pollution, we are now talking about indoor pollution. The phenomenon can be attributed to burning wood, coal and dung inside the house.
The health specialists have estimated that during 2013, approximately 1.6 million people have died in China and 1.4 million in India due to outdoor and indoor pollution. Both forms of pollution can contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases and many forms of cancer.
As a result of the recent Paris climate talks, China and India have decided to take ample measures. Thus, the two countries have decided to close down power plants which are using coal and to minimize traffic.