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Air pollution danger worse than previously thought warns UN health agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the dangers posed by air pollution are far larger than previously thought as it called again for rapid global action in reducing what it described as one of the greatest hazards to human health.

Air pollution and indoor air quality

The warning was voiced at the recent meeting of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), held in Paris, France.

Health advocates were told that indoor air pollution had become the leading risk factor for “burden of disease” in South Asia while it was ranked second in Eastern, Central and Western Sub-Saharan Africa and third in Southeast Asia.

The estimations we have now tell us there are 3.5 million premature deaths every year caused by household air pollution, and 3.3 million death every year caused by outdoor air pollution,

Dr. Maria Neira, WHO’s Director of Public Health and Environment, told the meeting.

According to the UN News Centre, ground-level ozone pollution was estimated to cause an additionally 200,000 premature deaths every year, the agency said in a press release, which notes that “burden of disease” is a calculation based on years of life lost combined with years lived at less than full health.

Air pollution is becoming one of the biggest health issues we have in front of us at the moment,

Dr. Neira said.

The CCAC, whose partners include Member States and civil society health advocates, targets so-called short-lived climate pollutants, or SLCPs, as major culprits in the damage to health, as well as the cause of crop loss and climate change.  SLCPs that are harmful to human health are released through numerous sources ranging from diesel engine exhaust and smoke and soot from inefficient cook stoves to leakage and flaring from oil and natural gas production and emissions from solid waste disposal.

In a press statement marking the meeting, UNEP noted that fast action on SLCPs could “dramatically” reduce the number of annual deaths from air pollution. Efforts to lower black carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and engines were receiving “particularly strong attention” from the CCAC.

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2013 a year for air quality awareness and Camfil in Europe

The year 2013 will be notable for both the European Union and Camfil as the “European Year of Air” and the year in which Camfil will celebrate 50 years of operations as the No.1 air filtration company in Europe and a global leader in clean air solutions. The European Year of Air initiative for 2013 is part of a larger effort to push for stronger EU air quality laws and tighten policies to protect human health and the environment.

Present EU standards for ambient air quality are weaker than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially for fine particles (PM2.5), one of the pollutants impacting health the most. In Europe, the maximum annual concentration is 25 μg/m3 (2.5 times weaker than WHO’s recommended limit), which most Member States fail to meet today. In the US, the EPA is proposing the more ambitious annual limit of 12 μg/ m3. However, there are even smaller particles, such as those less than 100 nanometres, which may be even more damaging to human health.

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