Outdoor air pollution according to new research may cause more than 3 million premature deaths per year globally. And the research also disclosed that at least 75 percent of those deaths occur in Asia, according to researchers, also the biggest killers are fires that we use for heating their cooking and homes.Traffic pollution in the United States made the biggest contribution to global death rates while in Russia, Europe and eastern Asia, sources of agricultural had the greatest impact on people.
Published in the journal Nature, the study, was conducted by combining a global atmospheric chemistry model with health statistics and population data.
Researcher shown that premature mortality from air pollution could double by 2050 with a death toll of 6.6 million lives per year globally.
The authors, led by Professor Jos Lelieveld, from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, German, concluded: “Our results suggest that if the projected increase in mortality attributable to air pollution is to be avoided, intensive air quality control measures will be needed, particularly in South and East Asia.
The poorly characterised uncertainty about the relative toxicity of various classes of particles such as sulphates, nitrates, organics, crustal materials, black carbon, and especially smoke from biomass combustion, limits unambiguous attribution of sources. Nevertheless, our study suggests that emissions from residential energy use should be considered in air pollution control strategies and, if all fine particles are equally toxic, the reduction of agricultural emissions would improve air quality.
If we talk about India, in another 10 years or so, Indian capital will record the world’s largest number of premature deaths due to air pollution among all top cities worldwide.
Nearly 32,000 people in Delhi by 2025, will die solely due to inhaling polluted air.