Report links 6.5 million deaths worldwide to air pollution

2016-06-27 16:12
Vehicles on a haze-covered street in Beijing. (Stringer, AFP)

Vehicles on a haze-covered street in Beijing. (Stringer, AFP)

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Stockholm -  The International Energy Agency says each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution and warns that the number will grow unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions.

In the agency's first report on the subject, the IEA projected on Monday that premature deaths from outdoor air pollution would rise to 4.5 million by 2040, from 3 million today, while premature deaths from household air pollution would drop to 3 million from 3.5 million.

However, the report said a 7% increase in investments in clean-burning cook stoves, cleaner fuels and other measures by 2040 could result in sharp health improvements.

Outdoor air pollution comes mainly from power plants, factories and cars, while household pollution stems from dirty cook stoves, primarily in developing countries.

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