Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012

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Visitors wear masks while visiting the Temple of Heaven in haze-covered Beijing, February 24, 2014Air pollution by sources from cooking fires to auto fumes has become the globe’s worst environmental health problem, contributing to a shocking seven million deaths worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. “Air pollution, and we’re talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it’s affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries,” said Maria Neira, the WHO’s public and environmental health chief. The global toll included 4.3 million deaths due to indoor air pollution, chiefly caused by cooking over coal, wood and dung stoves. Outdoor pollution’s impact was estimated at 3.7 million, with sources ranging from coal heating fires to diesel engines. USA, LLC