CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – A new study says air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide.
Scientists in Germany, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, and Harvard University calculated the most detailed estimates of air pollution to date and looked at what is causing it.
The study found in industrial nations, agricultural emissions are the number one cause of soot and smog deaths. About three quarters of the deaths are strokes and heart attacks.
China has about 1.4 million air pollution fatalities a year. The U.S. has about 54,000. What’s unusual is that agriculture is being attributed to 16,200 of those deaths, second only to power plants with just under 17,000.
Joshua Rodriguez told 22News, “It’s a very large issue regarding a solution is very hard to determine because the amount of fertilizer, the amount of overall ingredients or chemicals within farms is used too much.”
The problem with unregulated industrial level farms, is ammonia from fertilizers and animal waste is being emitted. When it combines with coal fired power plants and nitrates from car exhaust it is forming soot particles that are traveling.
The study says the yearly air pollution death toll will double to 6.6 million by 2050.