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.