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Reduction in climate pollutants could save five million lives a year, WHO report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5688 (Published 26 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5688
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Reducing emissions of black carbon, ozone, and methane could save millions of lives a year, a new report by the World Health Organization has found.1

The report said that exposure to outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause around 3.7 million premature deaths a year, and 4.3 million deaths a year are attributed to household air pollution from burning solid fuel. Diseases caused by exposure to these pollutants include: ischaemic heart disease, which is responsible for more than 2.6 million deaths a year; stroke (2.97 million deaths); chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (966 900); and lung …

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