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posted by n1 on Wednesday May 07 2014, @11:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-holding-my-breath--oh-wait dept.

Air pollution in many of the worlds cities is breaching guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries revealed that nearly 90% of people in urban centres breathe air that fails to meet levels deemed safe.

The WHO says that about half of the world's urban population is exposed to pollution at least 2.5 times higher than it recommends.

Air quality was poorest in Asia, followed by South America and Africa.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @09:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 08 2014, @09:31PM (#41069)

    I've just attended the funeral of a young friend who died at home in the presence of family from a sudden fatal asthma attack.

    Many of us aren't aware that an attack can be fatal. As air pollution increases, there will be more such attacks.
    If you suffer from this condition and are feeling worse than usual, please get to your local emergency room. If you do have a bad attack, you are in the best place to get help.

    Maybe if more people become aware and take as many precautions as possible, the mortality rate will go down. There has been some research on this recently, and it appears that sadly the majority of deaths are preventable. More education is needed.