Air Pollution Contributes To More Than 3M Premature Deaths Globally Each Year, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in Nature showing the contribution of air pollution to global premature mortality.

The Guardian: More people die from air pollution than malaria and HIV/AIDS, new study shows
“More than three million people a year are killed prematurely by outdoor air pollution, according to a landmark new study, more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Wood and coal burning for heating homes and cooking is the biggest cause, especially in Asia, but the research reveals a remarkably heavy toll from farming emissions in Europe and the U.S., where it is the leading cause of deaths…” (Carrington, 9/16).

ScienceInsider: Unless nations act, air pollution deaths will double by 2050, study concludes
“The annual death toll from outdoor air pollution could double to 6.6 million globally by 2050 without new antipollution measures, a new study suggests. But policymakers seeking to reduce the death toll will need to clamp down on a wide array of potentially hard to control pollution sources — including household furnaces and agricultural activities — that are expected to play a growing role, researchers report [Wednesday] in Nature…” (Kollipara, 9/16).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 | Email Alerts: | |

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.