5 Real World Examples of Air Pollution Affecting Human Health

5 Real World Examples of Air Pollution Affecting Human Health
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5 Real World Examples of Air Pollution Affecting Human Health

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Air Pollution


In an increasingly industrialized and urbanized world, the air we breathe is not always as clean and pristine as we would hope. The consequences of this reality extend far beyond mere inconvenience or discomfort. Indeed, exposure to air pollution poses a profound threat to human health, affecting individuals across the spectrum of age, occupation, and socioeconomic status.

The Impact of Air Pollution on Human Health

When we inhale the noxious concoction of air pollutants that pervade our atmosphere, these invisible adversaries infiltrate our bodies, wreaking havoc within. The toll it takes varies, ranging from irritating symptoms like coughing and itchy eyes to more dire consequences such as exacerbating respiratory ailments, triggering hospitalizations, fostering the development of cancer, and even hastening premature death.

1. Ella Kissi-Debrah

Source: Sky News/Youtube

Ella Kissi-Debrah, a South London schoolgirl, passed away in 2020. Her cause of death was listed as air pollution. The asthmatic nine-year-old spent her entire life close to highly trafficked roads, worsening her condition and leading to her untimely death.

2. South Korean Greenpeace Report

Source: Arirang News/Youtube

A report published by Greenpeace revealed the intense toll that air pollution takes on human health. In South Korea alone, 40,000 people die prematurely every year due to air pollution.

3. Air Pollution and the Brain

Source: PBS NewsHour/Youtube

New public health studies have raised public health concerns regarding the effects of air pollution on the human brain. Researchers are trying to figure out the link between degenerative neurological diseases and the quality of our air.

4. Cardiovascular Disease

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In 2009, the University of Michigan Health System began researching the effects of air pollution on human cardiovascular health. They found that air pollution could be causing heart disease.

5. Mongolia’s Air Problem

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