The site Kyot home récement has published an article about the health consequences of urban pollution on mortality.
The numbers are scary, here are some selected pieces:
"Air pollution is a disaster for public health even more than for climate. "
"We learn that in an urban population of 15 259 590 inhabitants of 76 agglomerations of France in 2002, 9513 deaths are attributable to pollution by fine particles. This represents 4,9% of the total mortality of this same population that year! "
"France alone would see 31 700 dead from air pollution per year including 17 600 (56%) attributable to the only road traffic !! "
An "interesting" comparison between pollution and road accident is, moreover, made by the author of this article:
Exhaust from cars, motorcycles and trucks kill 2,4 times more than road accidents !! The real obituary of the road is 17 600 + 7242 = 24 842 dead per year! We would really like road safety figures to include ALL victims ... "
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