Air Pollution Kills Millions Every Year
Keeping your head out of the clouds could save your life. A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry reveals that about 3.3 million people die prematurely every year from disorders — heart disease, strokes, cancers and respiratory illnesses — linked to low-altitude ozone particulates. Unless drastic changes are made, that number could soar to 6.6 million by 2050. The causes vary by region, with China and India the hardest hit, and researchers hope their work can influence pollution policies before it’s too late.