Environmentalists: air pollution kills half a million Europeans annually

In Europe alone, air pollution becomes the cause of more than 500 thousand premature deaths per year. This was stated by experts of the European Agency for the environment, recently gave the report. According to them, the problem remains relevant despite the gradual improvement of the ecological situation on the continent.

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Scientists presented the results of a recent study conducted in 41 European countries. From data collected by experts, it follows that 520 400 premature deaths in these States in 2014 were the result of exposure to harmful substances into the air by burning fossil fuels. In 2013, this figure was even higher and amounted to about 550 thousand.

However, ecologists point out that in four cases out of five the key role of fine particles measuring only about 2.5 microns that can penetrate into the lungs or even human blood, to the detriment of his health. In varying degrees the impact of these aerosols, called PM2.5, 2015 are subject to 83 percent of Europeans, compared to 85 percent in 2013. Thus, some positive trend is observed, but changes occur very slowly, to the report.

Among other harmful substances, sometimes becoming a cause of premature death, the report called nitrogen dioxide, and ozone in the lower atmosphere, falling back with the emission of vehicles.

Four and a half months ago, a group of researchers under the leadership of Alexander Mora from Harvard University came to the conclusion that people started to pollute the Earth with lead and heavy metals are not dozens, not even hundreds, but thousands of years ago, since the time of Ancient Rome.

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