Pollutants from global trade kill people at home

Mar 30, 2017 | International, News


By: Jimmy Kakish

A study by Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science has found that every year 3.5 million people around the world die prematurely from polluted air.

The study said that around 2.5 million of those deaths are related to the manufacturing and consumption of goods.

750,000 of those deaths are associated with goods made in one region destined for sale in another. Dirty air drifting across national borders also accounts for 410,000 deaths.

The study said that these deaths are triggered by soot and smog. Dust and fires are also among the causes.

The study also found that 750,000 air pollution deaths in China and 500,000 deaths in India were from the production of products sold locally.