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Air pollution kills 500,000 Europeans annually

Hundreds of thousands of factories around the world pollutethe air of our planet every day. For countries such as China, this problem is especially relevant, because many Chinese cities are literally covered by smog from industrial production. But things are bad, not only in China. It turned out that in a number of European countries the situation is slightly better than in the Middle Kingdom. Experts from the European EEA agency in Copenhagen came to the disappointing conclusion that approximately half a million Europeans die every year from air pollution.

Despite statistics about slow improvementair quality in Europe, experts from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) believe that air pollution causes 500,000 annual deaths among people in European countries. To be precise, we are talking about 520,400 dead people from 41 European countries in 2014 alone. Scientists consider the cause of the death of the population to be air pollution as a result of burning various fossil fuels. For comparison: in 2013, 550,000 people died from air pollution.

According to statistics, the death of four people fromfive in this case was directly related to air pollution from fuel combustion products. The air polluting particles are about 2.5 microns in size, which is enough to penetrate the lungs of a person. Moreover, according to all the same statistics, people's exposure to diseases associated with environmental pollution decreased from 85 to 82 percent in the period from 2013 to 2015.