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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mln a year, toughens guidelines

The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Sept. 22, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million premature deaths a year.

Urgent action is needed to reduce exposure to air pollution, said the U.N. body, ranking its burden of disease on a par with smoking and unhealthy eating.

  • GENEVA-Agence France-Presse
  • Hurriyet

WHO has adjusted almost all the air quality guideline levels downwards, warning that exceeding the new… levels is associated with significant risks to health,” it said.

“Adhering to them could save millions of lives.”

The guidelines aim to protect people from the…

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