The report warns over the air pollution, which has already reached alarming high values in 90% of the cities worldwide, will destroy the hearts of lungs from the very moment when children are born today.
Romania tops the ranking of countries where citizens are living 8 months less due to pollution, according to the Lancet Countdown 2019 report on health and climate change. Therefore, Romanians, Hungarians and Poles lose eight months of their lives due to the exhaust emissions, amid an average death rate of 5.7 months in the EU.
The report shows that the climate change is already affecting the children’s healthcare and is drawing a earning signal over the effects of the pollution if the world doesn’t meet the targets of the Paris Agreement to limit the global warming under 2C.
Researchers say that airborne particles with the size of 2.5 microns have prompted the death of 2.9 million people in 2016.
Despite the PMP2.5 particle pollution has decreased in Europe during 2015-2016, the highest death rate per person due to these reason was still reported in such countries as Romania, Hungary and Poland.