Death is in the Air

Fresh WHO data shows that 9 in 10 people breathe air laced with high levels of pollutants, and a shocking 7 million people die annually because of it—the vast majority in low and middle-income countries.

Fine particles lodge inside peoples’ lungs and cardiovascular systems, creating a major risk factor for deadly NCDs like heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The good news, says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is that more cities than ever are tracking and tackling their air pollution via the WHO’s ambient air quality database. But without urgent action against the problem, “we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.”


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