Pollution Causes 1 in 8 Deaths

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 03:  A policeman guards on the roof of National Museum near the Tiananmen Square before the opening of the 2nd session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) during severe pollution on March 3, 2014 in Beijing, China. Air pollution has become a big concern during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Over 2,000 members of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative, a political advisory body, are attending the annual session, during which they will discuss the development of China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

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    Seven million people worldwide died in 2012 as a result of air pollution, according to figures released from the World Health Organization released Tuesday. That means one in eight death was caused by dirty air, which is twice the amount previously estimated. One third of these death occurred in Asia, where the fast-developing and industrializing nations of India and China are increasingly known for their poor air quality. The report identified air pollution as the biggest environmental threat and said burning noxious fuels-coal, wood, and animal waste-were some of the greatest detriments to human health.

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