Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015
A new report by the Global Burden of Disease team estimates that outdoor fine particulates (PM2.5) was the fifth leading cause of death globally in 2015 – that’s an estimated 4.2 million deaths! In the United States, PM pollution was the sixth leading cause of death, resulting in approximately 88,000 deaths in 2015. Particulate exposure also negatively impacts a large number of chronic health conditions. The good news is that this burden of disease could be lowered for entire populations through policy action at the national and subnational levels, and would lead to increased life expectancy in a short timeframe. Policy action would really impact the health of Pittsburgh’s citizens because we have one of the highest average PM concentrations in the nation.
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