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More Than 95% of the World’s Population is Breathing in Unsafe Air

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Worldwide exposure to unsafe air is accounted for 4.1 million deaths in 2016 and household air pollution generated by solid burning fuel sources like coal and wood resulted in another 2.6 million deaths, according to MNN.com.

According to the Health Effect Institute 2018 State of Global Air Report, more than 95 percent of the world’s population is breathing in air that exceed pollution levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. Countries in the process of development are greatly impacted by this hamper as economic development outspaces environment safeguards, reported MNN.com.

Experts estimate that exposure to air pollution is contributed more than six million deaths worldwide last year, playing a role in increasing the risk of stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, as well as chronic lung disease. China and India are accounted for more than half of the death toll combined, explained theguardian.com. As of now, the exposure of unsafe air is the fourth highest cause of death globally, after high blood pressure, diet and smoking, and the greatest environment health risk, according to theguardian.com.

“There are reasons for optimism, though there is a long way to go,” Bob O’Keefe Vice President of the institute, told theguardian.com. “China seems to be now moving pretty aggressively, for instance, in cutting coal and on stronger controls. India has really begun to step up on indoor air pollution, for instance through the provision of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) as a cooking fuel, and through electrification.”

Air pollution is a result from transportation (cars, airplanes, trains, buses, trucks, etc.), electricity, home fuel uses, and goods and services we buy, according to cleanerandgreener.org.

Air pollution can be reduced by conserving energy by remembering to turn off lights, computers, and appliances in use as well as using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances. It is also a good idea to participate in your local utility’s energy conservation programs and limit driving by carpooling, using public transportation, biking, and walking. When possible, try to combine errands for fewer trips and choose environmentally free cleaners, according to des.nh.gov.

California also takes sixth place for the top ten states with the most California and holds eight of the ten most polluted cities, according to usatoday.com. These cities are Los Angeles – Long Beach, Bakersfield, Visalia – Porterville Hanford, Fresno – Madera, Sacramento – Roseville, San Diego – Carlsbad, Modesto – Merced, and Redding – Red Bluff. You can check the air pollution in any city on aqicn.org.

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