On the basis of study findings recently released, every year around 790,000 premature deaths take place in Europe due to air pollution, and at the global level, the numbers extend to 8.8 Million.
Scientists reported that the major causes behind 40 to 80% of these premature demises are heart strokes and other cardiovascular problems underrated up to now as an impeller of smog-associated deaths.
The researchers calculated that on an average, the life span of people at the global level has been decreased by 2.2 Years due to the continuous inhalation of a toxic cocktail of air comprising pollutants emitted by automobiles, factories, and agriculture.
The micro-sized particulate matter floating all around in the air, which include sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and ozone (O3), have been equivalently associated in dropping the cognitive performance and low learning efficiency.
The new European-based study outcomes are available in the European Heart Journal. However, the restructured statistical methods were also applicable for the analysis at the global level.
Jos Lelieveld—a scientist at the Max-Plank Institute for Chemistry, Germany; and the lead author of the study—told AFP that the revised number of deaths per year in China has reached to 2.8 Million, which is more than twice the current estimate figures.
The scientists tested the recently-developed Global Exposure Mortality Model to an enormously extended epidemiological database to simulate in the manner in which natural and synthetic chemicals in gaseous form reacts with the atmosphere.
Certainly, maximum deaths were associated with microscopic pollutants with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 microns, known as PM2.5.
The WHO has recommended that the density of these micro-sized pollutants in the air should remain less than 35 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3) on average for a whole year.
Earlier, European Union standards were not as strict. Even by setting the threshold pollutant density of 25 mcg/m3, a number of European countries often surpass this limit, resulted in more than expected deaths every year.
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