Air Pollution

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Air Pollution

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Here’s how air pollution kills 3,450,000 people a year

Air Pollution kills. A study released yesterday in the journal Nature found that in 2007, air pollution lead to the premature deaths of 3.45 million people worldwide—a number equivalent to the population of the state of Connecticut. And to add insult to injury, air pollution doesn’t respect borders.

Twenty-two percent of the deaths were linked to pollution created by products consumed elsewhere. For example, a significant percentage of the deaths in China were caused by air pollution released while creating baubles later bought and sold in the West.

“Air pollution can travel long distances and cause health impacts in downwind regions," said study co-author Qiang…

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 Here’s how air pollution kills 3,450,000 people a year

What makes pollution so harmful is something called PM 2.5. PM stands for particulate matter, a complex mix of liquid droplets and small particles created when we burn gasoline in cars, or when we fire up a coal power plant to make electricity. The notation 2.5 is a reference to the size of the particles—2.5 microns.


While ambient air quality in Europe improved in several respects during the last decades of the 20th century, current levels of air pollution do affect public health. They can cause respiratory diseases and reduce life expectancy.

NASA Ozone Watch

This is the Ozone Hole Watch web site, where you can check on the latest status of the ozone layer over the South Pole. Satellite instruments monitor the ozone layer, and we use their data to create the images that depict the amount of ozone.

Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles assists developing countries to reduce vehicular air pollution through the promotion of lead-free, low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicle standards and technologies.

The Ozone Hole

The Ozone Hole Organization is a 501-(3)(C) nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing the destruction of the Ozone Layer and the preservation of Earth's Environment by educating the public on the importance of these issues.

Alpha Online

Air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, is a significant cause of health problems worldwide. Urban and rural outdoor environments contain infections, allergens, irritants and chemical toxins that can reduce the quality of life and cause disease.


We lead the fight against environmental-related respiratory illnesses, including asthma, and studies indoor and outdoor air pollution.


Through science, advocacy, and the courts, we're defending existing clean air standards and working to prevent policy loopholes that expose many Americans to air pollution.

European Commission

The issue of air quality is now a major concern for many European citizens. It is also one of the areas in which the European Union has been most active.

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

In pursuit of its objectives IUAPPA promotes the World Clean Air Congress and regional meetings, supports technical and policy development in key areas such as the air quality impact of transport in cities, and leads international initiatives - such as the Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum.


The PIONAIR generates air-purifying technology that migrates through the area and neutralizes organic odors, microbes, and molds at their source.


Covering worldwide weather including nuclear fallout, volcanic ash


Indoor air pollution is contamination of the air inside buildings. In developing countries, the most common cause is smoke from open fires or stoves that burn solid fuels, such as coal, wood, dung or crop waste.

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