Millions of people around the world die prematurely from diseases caused by air pollution.
A new study has linked the effects of globalization and international trade on air pollution emissions and air quality.
The study, published in the journal Nature, reveals that 3.45 million people died as a result of air pollution associated with the transport of goods and services in 228 countries across the world in 2007.
According to the study over 400,000 deaths in 2007 can be attributed to air pollution which came from one region of the world to another.
Chinese emissions caused more than twice the number of deaths worldwide than the emissions of any other region, followed by emissions produced in India and the rest of Asia region. For example, PM2.5 pollution produced in China is linked to more than 64,800 premature deaths in other regions, including over 3,100 deaths in Western Europe and the US. Meanwhile consumption in Western Europe and the US is linked to over 108,600 premature deaths in China.
One of the study’s researchers, Professor Dabo Guan, said the study showed that “In our global economy, the goods and services consumed in one region may entail production of large quantities of air pollution, and related mortality, in other regions.”
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