Air pollution killed 4.2 million in 2015

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The figure erected it as the leading cause of death worldwide related to the environment.

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The pollution atmospheric killed 4.2 million people in 2015, a figure that emerged as the leading cause of death related to the environment worldwide, according to a study by the Health Effects Institutes based in Boston (United United).

The study, released today, also indicates that 92% of the planet’s inhabitants live in areas where air is harmful to health.

China and India, with 1.1 million premature deaths in 2015, were the countries most affected by air pollution and between the two they accounted for more than half of the world’s deaths.

While the Asian giant has managed to stabilize in recent years the effects of air pollution on its population, In India the death toll has risen since 1990 by almost 50%, according to the study.

In addition to China and India, polluted air was also a scourge in Southeast Asia, Central Africa and western sub-Saharan Africa.

On the other hand, Europe and the United States experienced improvements in their pollution levels and the trend is that less people are exposed to unhealthy air every year.

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