Invisible foe in air kills 600,000 in a year [Environment]
- Air pollution could have killed at least 600,000 Indians in 2012, a study conducted by the World Health Organisation said.
- That is about a fifth of the 3 million who died worldwide because they were exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that may have aggravated or been directly responsible for cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer.
- India comes just behind China — which witnessed an estimated 800,000 deaths — says the study.
- Industries, households, cars and trucks emit complex air pollutants, including invisible PM2.5 particulates.