Martha Davies writes on the shocking EEA report that one in eight deaths in Europe are affected by pollution.
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A recent report by the EU’s Environmental Agency (EEA) shows that pollution accounts for 13% of all deaths in Europe. Threats are even greater in poorer communities, findings indicate.
The report, released at the beginning of the month, outlines the health risks posed by environmental factors. It reveals that 400,000 deaths in Europe were tied to air pollution in 2012 - the most recent year from which data is available - while noise pollution contributed to 12,000 deaths.
The World Health Organisation has reported that air pollution causes a range of respiratory issues, including asthma, pulmonary disease, and lung cancer, while another report found that traffic noise has been found to increase the risks of both high blood pressure and ischaemic heart disease.
“The state of the environment in Europe is negatively affecting the health and quality of life of European Citizens,” the report asserts. Its evidence suggests an urgent need to address the issue of pollution in order to prevent health issues from increasing, and to ultimately create a safer and more sustainable world.