With Earth Day coming up, we should all stop to think about what we do to impact the atmosphere. Do we drive more than we should? Do we send chemicals down the drain that shouldn’t be dumped down there? Do we litter? These and so many other things such as pollution from chemical plants are slowly breaking down the air we breathe. According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization 7 million people died in 2012 as a result of air pollution (both inside and outside) across the world.
The data collected was part of a study that looked into indoor air pollution such as gas that is emitted when using a gas stove as well as outdoor pollutants in the air. This data was collected on every single continent. The figures showed that one out of eight deaths in 2012 was from constant exposure to the pollutants. Sadly indoor pollutants were more dangerous than the outdoor ones. Over 4.3 million deaths were caused by the air quality in their own homes. This is due to the fact that most ventilation systems are not properly cared for or air filters that are not changed as often as they should be. Ovens that created a lot of smoke or have an open flame are a huge contributor to the indoor pollution.
The highest number of deaths that were seen were in the Western Pacific regions with over 2.8 million deaths. The next highest region was the Southeast Asian region with over 2.1 million deaths. These numbers were due to both indoor and outdoor pollution. In the United States there were 227,000 people that died due to pollutants. Most of the outdoor pollutants such as car exhaust fumes and chemicals that are released into the air by factories can cause cancer, heart disease, and lung diseases as well.