Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 7.54.06 PM.png“Air pollution helps kill 5.5 million people each year. That’s the conclusion of new analysis by a group of researchers from Canada, China, India, and the United States. They analyzed data from the University of Washington’s Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) to parse out the effects of air pollution on global mortality rates.

“The GBD study combines survey data and mortality estimates from 108 countries to calculate the significance of different risk factors. The researchers looked at the most recent update, based on data for the year 2013. Among the environmental factors included, air pollution is by far the most significant.

“Over half of all deaths from air pollution occur in China, with 1.6 million deaths, and India, with 1.4 million. Less than 1% of the population of those two countries live in areas with acceptable air quality, according to World Health Organization guidelines.” Quartz.

These data show where air pollution is killing people