Date
17 December 2017
The death toll from poor air quality is expected to rise as exposure leads to long-term illnesses like heart and lung conditions. Photo: Bloomberg
The death toll from poor air quality is expected to rise as exposure leads to long-term illnesses like heart and lung conditions. Photo: Bloomberg

Dead air of climate change to cut millions of lives short

More than half of the world’s population will be affected by growing incidence of climate change-induced smog, leading to millions of premature deaths, Britain’s Mirror newspaper reported Sunday, citing Stanford University researchers.

“Atmospheric stagnation events” — when an air mass persists in one area — are also expected to lengthen to up 40 days a year across most of the tropics and sub-tropics, the report said.

Poor air quality already kills millions around the globe but the death toll will mount as exposure leads to long-term illnesses like heart and lung conditions, it said.

Warmer temperatures are expected to cause more incidents of smog through changes in air circulation and the water cycle.

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