A study discovers the cause of millions of premature deaths

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: A new study by Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) revealed that around 135 million people died prematurely worldwide between 1980 and 2020, reported AFP on Monday.

The university indicated that weather phenomena like El Nino and the Indian Ocean Dipole worsened the effects of pollutants by increasing their concentration in the air.

Minute particles known as particulate matter 2.5, or “PM 2.5,” have adverse impacts on humans when inhaled because they easily enter the bloodstream. These primarily originate from vehicle and industrial emissions, as well as fires and dust storms.

In a statement, NTU said, “The fine particulate matter was associated with approximately 135 million premature deaths globally from 1980 to 2020.”

The study, published in the journal Environment International, found that people were dying younger than the average life expectancy from diseases or conditions that could have been treated or prevented, including stroke, heart and lung disease, and cancer.

The findings suggest that weather patterns increased deaths by 14%.

“Our findings show that changes in climate patterns can make air pollution worse,” said Steve Yim, an associate professor at NTU’s Asian School of the Environment. “When certain climate events happen, like El Nino, pollution levels can go up, which means more people might die prematurely because of PM 2.5 pollution,” Yim added. “This highlights the need to understand and account for these climate patterns when tackling air pollution to protect the health of the global population.”

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