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Air pollution kills over 2 million people each year

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, has commented on research estimating that air pollution kills more than two million people each year. Jason West and colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have estimated death rates from the effects of ozone and particulates – fine particles that penetrate the lungs.

In an article by Simon Makin in the New Scientist, published on 16 July 2013, Professor Kelly said: 'These shocking figures are so high because many of these deaths occur in Asia, where population numbers are high and where air pollution has increased markedly in recent years.'  He also believes that ‘premature mortality associated with poor air quality is likely to become the world’s top environmental challenge, even exceeding water and sanitation.’

Read the full New Scientist article here.