Pollution kills 1.2 million people

2015-02-03 15:10
(Peter Parks, AFP)

(Peter Parks, AFP)

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Bangkok - Air pollution caused 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, according to the Global Burden of Disease report released by British medical journal The Lancet.

As much as 70% of China's population lives in regions where levels of PM2.5 - airborne particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres -exceed World Health Organisation recommendations, according to the National Resources Defense Council, an international environmental group.

Air pollution from burning coal killed an estimated 670 000 people across the country in 2012, according to the report released last year.

"Coal and coal-related industrial processes account for 50% to 60% of the airborne pollutants ... that make their way deep into the lungs, increasing the likelihood of lung cancer, stroke and other diseases," it said.

Of the 7 million people around the world who died from air pollution in 2012, nearly 40% of them occurred in Asia-Pacific, the World Health Organisation said last year.

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