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Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People a Year

Air pollution isn’t just harming Earth; it’s hurting us, too. Startling new numbers released by the World Health Organization today reveal that one in eight deaths are a result of exposure to air pollution. The data reveal a strong link between the tiny particles that we breathe into our lungs and the illnesses they can lead to, including stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Interestingly, more than half of the fatalities aren’t even caused by outdoor pollution emitted from smoke stacks and vehicles, but by the fumes released from indoor stoves, The Huffington Post reports.

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