Aerus urges immediate action to protect the 92% of world’s population that is exposed to dangerous and deadly levels of air pollution.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released an alarming assessment of global air pollution and its effects in late September of 2016. The report, which is over 120 pages long, estimates that 92% of the world’s population is exposed to harmful levels of air pollution, a number that continues to rise year after year. Aerus, one of the industry leaders in air purification and filtration technology, believes this is an international health crisis that requires immediate action on a global and national scale.
“We’ve learned that nearly 6.5 million deaths are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution every year, and it’s not just limited to traditionally industrial countries like China or India,” Aerus CEO Joe Urso said. “Air pollution is affecting billions of lives around the world each day, and we cannot continue to ignore it silently. We must empower people with the knowledge to understand the dangers of air pollution and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves and their families.”
WHO confirms that air pollution represents the single biggest environmental risk to health, as only one in ten people around the globe breathes air that is considered “clean” by the organization’s air quality guidelines. The study used satellite data, as well as ground measurements, to calculate air pollution measurements for about 3,000 cities around the world. WHO’s 2016 report is the most detailed assessment ever released on the scope and nature of global air pollution and the public health crisis it presents.
Major sources of increased air pollution include vehicle emissions, coal-fired power plants, agriculture and waste burning, but natural phenomenon such as dust storms can influence pollution levels as well. WHO is working with its Member States to take steps to improve air quality, but the inherent delay and difficulty in implementing such initiatives and policies means men, women and children around the world will remain subject to harmful levels of air pollution and its effects – such as cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.
Aerus CEO Joe Urso is encouraged by WHO’s commitment to educating policy makers and increasing public awareness of the major health impacts of air pollution, but urges concerned citizens to take a proactive approach to improving their air quality. “WHO’s report shines a light on what Aerus and other air quality industry leaders have known for a long time: that poor air quality is globally pervasive and incredibly fatal.” That’s tragic, he says, but there are easy steps people can take to create healthy indoor environments and protect themselves against airborne pollution. “Installing a portable air purifier inside their home or workplace is an affordable, effective way to improve the air quality drastically and immediately. And when the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, that air purifier may save their life.”
The WHO Report on air pollution can be found in its entirety here.