For all those folks who insist climate change is a hoax and no good reason to embrace clean energy and electric vehicles, this one’s for you: do you like clean air? See: Outdoor Air Pollution will kill 6.6m people each year by 2050.
Deaths caused by outdoor air pollution are already shockingly high, and they’re expected to keep rising. That’s despite efforts to clean up the world’s factories, roads, and energy supplies.
In 2010, about 3.3 million people around the world died from prolonged exposure to tiny bits of dust and chemicals floating through the air. That figure is set to double by 2050, according to the most comprehensive study yet of global outdoor air pollution and its causes, published today in the journal Nature.
If you live in a country such as the U.S., which has been cleaning up its coal-burning power plants and increasing the gas mileage of its auto fleet, don’t think you’re in the clear. Of the 15 countries with the most deaths from outdoor air pollution, the U.S. comes in at No. 7.