Air pollution worsening worldwide: Cut emissions further, experts urge

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 13:02 in Earth & Climate

Most of the world’s population will be subject to degraded air quality in 2050 if human-made emissions continue as usual. In this ‘business-as-usual’ scenario, the average world citizen 40 years from now will experience similar air pollution to that of today’s average East Asian citizen. Air pollution is a major health risk that may worsen with increasing industrial activity. Currently, urban outdoor air pollution causes 1.3 million estimated deaths per year worldwide.

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