Air pollution

Air pollution is the contamination of air due to the presence of substances in the atmosphere that are harmful to the health of humans and other living beings. Indoor (or household) air pollution is caused by burning solid fuel sources such as firewood, crop waste, and dung for cooking and heating, while outdoor air pollution is primarily caused by combustion processes from motor vehicles, solid fuel burning, and industry.

Further reading

Bennitt, F. B. et al. (2021) Estimating disease burden attributable to household air pollution: new methods within the Global Burden of Disease Study, The Lancet Global Health, vol. 9, p. S18.

Matthews, Dylan (2021) How humans could live two years longer, Vox, December 27.

Ritchie, Hannah & Max Roser (2017) Air pollution, Our World in Data.

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