KWR Kees Roest by KWR Kees Roest
03 May 2019

Air pollution: the silent urban killer

Air pollution is considered as the most proliferous and silent killer currently existing. It is the prime environmental cause of death worldwide, 8.8 million deaths of which 800.000 deaths in Europe every year. Water pollution is the second source of death from pollutants, accounting for approximately 1.8 million casualties every year. Sustainable vehicles, treatment and production are quickly needed to improve the situation....

Air pollution: the silent urban killer

Rachele writes* Most of the air pollution detected worldwide is unsurprisingly concentrated in big cities, being the result of coal consumption, gridlocked traffic, heavy industries and incremental population density, i.e., high energy demand. All these factors greatly contribute to increase air pollution and, interestingly enough, it was found that traffic and cars are the main source of a whooping 25% of total worldwide production of particulate matter which increases cities’ air pollution, where traffic jams are the norm. Other than contributing to increase CO2 concentration and our poor earth’s fever (e.g. Climate Change), air pollution is considered as the most proliferous and silent killer currently existing, accounting for 8.8 million deaths worldwide and 800.000 deaths in Europe every year; the numbers seems destined to increase. This extremely high number makes air pollution the number one environmental cause of death worldwide. To put these results into perspective, water pollution is the second source of death from pollutants, accounting for approximately 1.8 million casualties every year. This lower data is due to the fact that polluted water affects mainly underdeveloped countries whereas air pollution affects 92% of the global population. Due to the rising issues generated by air pollution, many cities around the world decided...

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