High Stakes Issue


AIR POLLUTION – HEALTH – CLIMATE CHANGE

THE COMBINED EFFECTS

Air pollution affects the environment and health, with both immediate and long-term effects.

Climate change increases not only air pollution but heightens its effects on health.

Certain pollutants like ozone and fine particulate matter are involved in both air pollution and climate change.  Black carbon (produced by diesel engines and coal-burning stoves…) and methane (40% of emissions comme from agriculture and livestock farming ) are both examples of this harmful type of pollutant.

 WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES ON OUR HEALTH ?

Breathing in air pollution daily, like fine particules and ozone, leads to adverse effects on the heart  27% of heart diseases are due to air pollution), the liver, the brain (34% of deaths by stroke), the lungs (accounting for 36% of cases of lung cancer) and even the reproductive system.

Climate change also impacts the health by affecting the quality of air, access to drinking water and food supply.

Air pollution affects 80 % of citizens across the world and kills nearly  7 million people per year.

In France, 10,954 people die each year because of air pollution.

Sources : Breathe Life, UN Environment