7 million deaths annually linked to air pollution

In new estimates released yesterday, The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

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In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

The new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about the diseases caused by air pollution, but also upon better assessment of human exposure to air pollutants through the use of improved measurements and technology. This has enabled scientists to make a more detailed analysis of health risks from a wider demographic spread that now includes rural as well as urban areas.

Regionally, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths related to outdoor air pollution. Continue reading

From the Archive – CamCleaner™ air purifiers lead to improved productivity in the workplace

 
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Bacteria, dust, viruses and harmful particles in the air may cause itchy eyes, headaches, blocked noses and can give rise to asthma and irritation of the respiratory tract. To combat these problems, Camfil have developed the CamCleaner™ range of air purifiers.

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Camfil’s CamCleaner™ range of mobile, stationary and standalone air purifiers are used to supplement existing ventilation systems in industry, offices and homes. Continue reading

Hot off the press – AirMail from Camfil

We have recently taken hold of the latest issue of AirMail, our world-wide publication for Camfil customers. Inside this issue, we hear from the new President and CEO of Camfil, Magnus Yngen who welcomes us to this issue of AirMail. We hope you like it.

 Hot off the press – AirMail from Camfil

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In this issue we are making a landing in the world of molecular filtration – one of several clean air solutions offered by Camfil globally. We are highlighting molecular filtration in light of the growing awareness of poor indoor air quality, especially the presence of gas molecules and their impact on human health. The latest issue of AirMail includes: Continue reading