A new World Health Organisation (WHO) model confirms that 92 per cent of the global population lives in places where air quality levels exceed recommended limits. The WHO, yesterday, in its bulletin, said information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed its recommended limits.
The interactive maps developed by WHO in collaboration with the University of Bath, United Kingdom, represents the most detailed outdoor (or ambient) air pollution-related health data, by country, ever reported by WHO. The model is based on data derived from satellite measurements, air transport models and ground station monitors for more than 3000 locations, both rural and urban.
According to the WHO, some three million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution can be just as deadly. In 2012, an estimated 6.5 million deaths (11.6 per cent of all global deaths) were associated with indoor and outdoor air pollution together. Read more