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WHO releases country estimates on air pollution exposure and its health impact

27 September 2016 | Cairo – A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO-recommended limits. The situation is even worse in the Eastern Mediterranean Region where the percentage rises to 98%. Out of the 3 million global annual deaths linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution, 210 000 are in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Indoor air pollution can be just as deadly, killing another 200 000 people annually in the Region. 

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