Air pollution causes 7 million deaths annually, surpassing major diseases

The Guardian March 1, 2024, 10:00 AM UTC

Summary: Seven million people die annually due to air pollution-related illnesses, surpassing Aids, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Less than 1% of international funding addresses air pollution. The Clean Air Fund reports Chad, Iraq, and Pakistan as the most polluted countries. Calls for a global fund for air pollution are growing, aiming to reduce non-communicable diseases. Epic plans to launch a fund to address data gaps, aiming to raise $4m-$8m annually. Investment coherence is needed to drive both climate and non-communicable disease agendas.

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