Health Desk---20 September 2016: A new study finds Air pollution as the fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths worldwide. The deaths cost the global economy about $225 billion in lost labour income in 2013.
“The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the Economic Case for Action”, a joint study of the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), estimates that around 5.5 million lives were lost in 2013 to diseases associated with outdoor and household air pollution, causing human suffering and reducing economic development.
The study conducted recently, discovers that while pollution- related deaths strike mainly young children and the elderly, premature deaths also result in lost labour income for working-age men and women.
Nearly, 90 percent of the population in low and middle income countries is exposed to dangerous levels of ambient air pollution, the study confirmed.