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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012 97

dryriver sends word of new figures from the World Health Organization that estimate around 7 million people died in 2012 as a result of their exposure to air pollution. "In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases." The Organization says the bulk of the deaths occurred in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific Regions (PDF), with indoor air pollution causing more deaths than outdoor pollution in those areas, largely due to the use of coal, wood, and biomass stoves for cooking.
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

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  • Oh please... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by niftymitch ( 1625721 ) on Tuesday March 25, 2014 @08:04PM (#46579521)

    OH PLEASE insulate me from this madness.

    Yes insulation... we need more of it.
    Lots more of it.

    Dense living + acoustic insulation lets you sleep in quiet while your neighbors party
    yet be able to walk to most markets. Dense living can save on many energy fronts
    and not impact the environment by a sprawl out on farm land.

    Hot or cold thermal thermal insulation is undersold for locations that need heating and cooling.

    Windows are so bad thermally that it makes sense to replace most with insulated
    wall and with a small camera invite view of the outside in. LED TV with an aero-gel
    backlight for some locations.

    Review your local building codes. Remove penalties for improvement and
    demand better total insulation packages for homes and businesses.

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