The dead of pollution

In 2004, AFSSE (French Environmental Health Security Agency) published two reports on the assessment of the health impact of urban air pollution.

The numbers are scary, here are some selected pieces:

 »Air pollution is a disaster for public health even more than for the climate. " 

“We learn that out of an urban population of 15 inhabitants of 259 urban areas in France in 590, 76 deaths are attributable to pollution by fine particles. This represents 2002% of the total mortality of this same population that year! "

“France alone would see 31 deaths from air pollution per year, including 700 (17%) attributable to road traffic alone !! "

An “interesting” comparison between pollution and road accident is also made by the author of this article:

 »Car, motorcycle and truck exhaust kills 2,4 times more than road accidents !! The real obituary of the road amounts to 17 + 600 = 7242 deaths per year! "

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Learn more, download the following reports:
Afsse: health impacts of urban air pollution. 1 report
Afsse: health impacts of urban air pollution. 2 report
CITEPA: Inventory of atmospheric pollutant emissions in France - Sectoral series and extended analyzes
CITEPA Inventory départementalisé air pollutant emissions in France in 2000 (February 2005)

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