A study titled Addressing Global Mortality from Ambient PM2.5 published on 16 June 2015 says that 1.4 million premature deaths per year in polluted countries such as India and China can be prevented by improving air quality.
The study was led by Joshua S Apte of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas Austin and was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
The study assesses how regional and global improvements in ambient air quality could reduce attributable mortality from Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Main findings of the study
PM2.5 particles can enter deep into the lungs leading to increase in the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses such as emphysema; and cancer.
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When: 16 June 2015