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New report predicts rise of air pollution-related deaths

Last Update 06/04/2021

Global deaths caused by exposure to outdoor air pollution could rise to 6–9 million per year by 2060, according to a new report.


Global deaths caused by exposure to outdoor air pollution could rise to 6–9 million per year by 2060, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The paper, The Economic Consequences of Air Pollution, aimed to calculate the total potential costs of air pollution to society if action is not taken to tackle levels around the world. The costs took into account global deaths, an increase in sick days, higher healthcare costs and a reduction in crops.

The World Health Organization estimated that 3.7 million deaths were caused by exposure to outdoor air pollution in 2012. This new OECD report predicts that this number could more than double by 2060.

Countries predicted to be affected most by air pollution include China, Russia, India, Korea, as well as countries in Eastern Europe and around the Caspian Sea.

The report calls for more policies to reduce air pollution.

Read the whole report

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