Over 250,000 have died in a single year just from pollution caused by fine particulate matter, with ozone and nitrogen-dioxide also claiming lives, a new EU report has found.
With the EU voting on new air quality rules, satellite data shows that 98% of people face pollution above limits recommended by the World Health Organization.
Northeastern states in the US are experiencing historically high levels of air pollution due to wildfires in Canada. Experts say these types of situations will only increase in the future as the climate warms.
Children are exposed to air pollution levels far higher than WHO recommendations, the European Environmental Agency found. Additionally, the report did not include major polluters like the United Kingdom and Russia.
Beijing and several other provinces are being affected by thick, dense sandstorms that are severely affecting visibility. Deforestation has escalated already rampant air pollution in the Chinese capital.