Air pollution in the UK is more deadly than in about half of western Europe, according to a major report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) into how people die.
The report revealed that the causes of nearly half of the estimated 56 million deaths worldwide in 2015 had been recorded – a major step towards trying to reduce them, according to AzVision.
In dry, statistical terms, it catalogued human suffering and grief as never before.
About 830 women die every day due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth; 43 out of every 1,000 children born die before they reach the age of five; 800,000 people took their own lives; and 1.25 million died in road traffic collisions, the leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 29.
Indoor and outdoor pollution led to the demise of 6.5 million people worldwide in 2012, 11.6 per cent of all deaths. Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene problems were responsible for about 871,000 deaths.
In the UK, the Government recently produced its third attempt at a plan to bring air pollution to within levels considered safe under European Union legislation after judges ruled the previous versions were not effective enough to comply with the law. It was dismissed as “feeble” by the Green Party.
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