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‘Single largest environmental health risk’ killing millions

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According to a health agency, millions are dying each year due to the “single largest environmental health risk…”

An estimated 7 million people died due to air pollution globally in 2012, with more than half of the deaths linked to indoor smoke from cook stoves, according to a report by the World Health Organization.

The UN Health Agency says more than half of those deaths were linked to indoor smoke from cook stoves – especially from women and children breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves in developing countries.

The World Health Organization says air pollution is now the “Single largest environmental health risk.”

“Few risks have greater impact on global health today than air pollution: the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean up the air we all breathe,” said Dr. Maria Neira, director of WHO’s Department for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health in the report.