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How Air Pollution is Killing Millions | Professor Michael Brauer

the discussion centers on the alarming impact of air pollution on global health and the various sources contributing to this issue. Air pollution causes at least one in 10 deaths worldwide, amounting to about 7 million premature deaths annually, and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV, or war. Sources of outdoor air pollution include household cooking using solid fuels, agriculture, power production, industrial processes, motor vehicles, and even small sources like lawnmowers and restaurant vents. The health impacts of air pollution are significant, particularly on an aging population, and include increased disease burden and worsened development of diseases like diabetes and dementia. Despite challenges, there are positive signs, such as improvements in air quality in some regions due to decreased use of coal and increased adoption of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles. However, addressing air pollution issues in specific communities poses challenges, and solutions must be tailored to resonate with local populations. The professor remains optimistic, emphasizing the progress made in improving air quality over the years and humanity’s resourcefulness in facing challenges.


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