22 Oct '11, 1am

New WHO Report: 1.34 Million Premature Deaths From Urban Air #Pollution Worldwide |@NRDC| #Environment

1.34 million urban dwellers face premature deaths every year, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). According to an AP report in Forbes and elsewhere, cities in Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia top the list of the world’s most polluted cities. The WHO report is based on country-reported measurements of airborne particulate matter (PM10, or particles smaller than 10 micrograms per cubic meter). This pollution triggers asthma emergencies, bronchitis, cancer, emphysema and heart disease, in addition to premature deaths. Here’s the thing to always remember about premature deaths from air pollution—they aren’t just early deaths—they are preventable deaths. In the U.S., our PM10 levels are at the cleaner end of the spectrum. How much cleaner? Santa Fe wins the prize at an annual average of 6 micrograms per cubic meter, but even big cities like NYC...

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