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Toxic Air Pollution: The Other Pandemic

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

Nick Webb investigates the latest research suggesting theirs a second front when it comes to battling global pandemics.

Photo by David Lee

At a time when a large portion of the population of the world is on lockdown due to the coronavirus, new research has been published showing how levels of air pollution can now be seen as another “pandemic”.

Research published by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in their publication Cardiovascular Research shows how on average, lives are shortened by almost three years worldwide due to different sources of air pollution. The findings show that air pollution is responsible for shortening life on a greater scale than wars and violence, diseases such as Malaria and HIV/AIDS, and smoking.

Using new methods, the researchers measured the effects of different sources of air pollution on death rates, and its effects on different categories of disease. The study showed how globally, air pollution was the cause of 8.8 million premature deaths in 2015 alone, and that cardiovascular diseases caused by air pollution are responsible for 43% of cases.