UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Nine out of ten people on the planet breathe air, the pollution level of which exceeds the permissible standards, and this leads to a serious deterioration in the health of the population and the death of seven million people a year, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Air pollution threatens all of us, but the poorest and most marginalized segments of the population are most affected,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, whose words are cited by the UN news center.
According to WHO, due to air pollution, seven million people die each year.
The deterioration of air quality is mainly related to transport, industrial enterprises and energy production. But many can not feel safe and in their own homes, where wood and other solid fuels are used for heating and cooking.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that in our time, three billion people, mostly women and children, still breathe polluted air because they use traditional energy sources for cooking and heating their homes,” the head of the WHO said.
WHO experts note that the deterioration of air quality is fraught with serious consequences for public health.
“Air pollution causes significant damage to health and causes stroke, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, lung cancer and, of course, pneumonia in children.”
Contaminated air is one of the main risk factors for noncommunicable diseases and if we want to reduce this risk, we must act without delay, “said Maria Neira, Director of the WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment.