Health topics

Air pollution


Air pollution is now the largest single environmental health risk to the Western Pacific Region, killing an estimated 2.8 million in 2012, overwhelmingly in low- and middle-income countries of the Region. Some 1.62 million deaths were attributed to household air pollution in 2012 and about 1.67 million were due to ambient (outdoor) air pollution. Improving air quality averts premature deaths and burden of disease from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Policies and investments supporting cleaner transport and industry, energy-efficient housing, electrification of homes, renewable power generation and proper waste management reduce key sources of urban air pollution.