What is the best way to reduce air-pollution-related, infant deaths in developing countries?
Currently, over 4 million people prematurely die each year from inhaling particulate matter under the size of 2.5 microns, making it the highest human health risk caused by an environmental issue. This study reveals that half of those deaths, including 80 thousand infants, are attributed to consumption in the G20 nations, with the emissions footprint of 28 people within the G20 accounting for one death in a developing country. This study concludes that tackling the reduction of this footprint would be the best method to save lives.
Keisuke Nansai of Research Director for Material Flow Inovation Research Program of National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.