The Global Burden of Disease report from WHO estimates that ambient air pollution is responsible for 3.7 million deaths worldwide (2012 estimate).
Morbidity is difficult to quantify but it is recognised that the incidences of asthma, chronic lung disease, heart and other vascular disease, some neurological conditions, and some cancers are all influenced by air quality. The very young and the elderly are most impacted. Although Australia’s air quality is better than in many countries DEA believes there is cause for concern. It is estimated there are approximately 3,000 deaths annually in Australia attributable to air pollution…..