Air pollution is not a myth or a fairy tale politicians want us to think. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deaths that air pollution causes are so many. In specific, 7 million people die every year.
Most of us may not realize what this actually means. In perspective pollutants in the air attack our body and causes strokes, heart diseases and even cancer.
Air pollution the silent killer
WHO characterized air pollution as a ‘silent and invisible killer’. This is actually a very precise term as we can not see or hear it. Yet it causes millions of deaths every year.
According to the statistics it causes one-third of the deadly diseases: lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease.
Even if the problem is worse in developing countries, cities in developed countries are still not safe for us. In Europe, 60% of cities are not safe breathing air. However globally 90% of people living in cities are not breathing safe air.
How the air is getting dirty
Air is getting ‘dirty’ with a number of different sources. One of the worse is transport: car emissions are actually the main reason for dirty air.
On the other hand, there are also natural sources such as dust. Yet human activities, such as deforestation and mining, are causing the highest level of dust.
Moreover, industry and energy supply are still great sources. As the global population is increasing we need to manufacture more products. Hence this will only lead to dirtier air.
But this also applies to potentially all sources of air pollution.