As per the International Energy Agency (IEA), there are around 6.5 million deaths that happen every year due to poor quality of air or air pollution and the conditions are going to worsen by 2040 as there will be more premature deaths from air pollution by that time as the agency said.
According to ‘The Indian Express’, in IEA’s special report, there are harmful pollutants like sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides etc. that can cause diseases like lung cancer, strokes and other heart and respiratory diseases.
According to the report, the pollutants are there mainly due to uncontrolled or unrestricted production and use of energy.
There is an estimate of around 4.5 million deaths in 2040 due to outdoor air pollution, however, there is going to be a decline in the premature deaths due to indoor or household pollution from 3.5 million to 2.9 million.
Also, Asia will contribute to 90 percent of the rise in total deaths.
Moreover, the rigidness of policies will add on the total effect, as said by the IEA.
But new energy and air quality policies can deliver cleaner which can result a fall in premature deaths from outdoor pollution to 2.8 million in 2040 and from household air pollution to 1.3 million, the report said.