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Excessive Air Pollution Affects 92 Percent People, Reports WHO

Update Date: Sep 29, 2016 05:32 PM EDT
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The UN health agency, World Health Organization (WHO) has recently mentioned that 92% people living in the polluted areas can suffer from diseases like lung cancer, heart diseases, and strokes, on Tuesday.

According to WHO, areas that have superseded the minimum air pollution quantity like southeast Asia, eastern Mediterranean region and western Pacific regions, are affected the most, reported Fox News.

The figures of affected people have been c u from satellite data over the rural areas to complement and calculate the traditional ground measurements of pollution. According to a previous report released by WHO last May, 98 percent of residents in large cities are now facing excessively high air pollution.

The report from Tuesday focuses on outdoor air pollution, which has killed approximately 3 million people per year, according to a report from 2012.

"There are two things happening. One is: rich countries are getting much better in improving the quality of the air; and two: poorer countries are getting worse. That is the overall trend," said Dr. Carlos Dora, WHO coordinator for environmental and social determinants of health.

Dora mentioned that the aim of this report is to educate not only the policymakers but also the individuals who run the risk of suffering from these health conditions.

According to Dora, small measures like a shift to solar lamps from kerosene lamps can also go largely to curb air pollution. However, Dora also mentioned that there has been no evidence if the facemasks used in the Asian countries work.

Notably, China is presently ranked sixth among the countries with the highest number of deaths due to air pollution. However, the country is also going to the great extent to curb the same with clean cars. Unfortunately power plants fired by coal, and household burning of fossil fuels, along with transportation remains biggest contributors of air pollution in China.



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