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Air Pollution Kills 14,000 Swedes a Year

Published torsdag 6 december 2007 kl 14.21

14,000 people die in Sweden every year due to environmental pollutants in the atmosphere, that’s according to a new report from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

It says that air pollution from traffic exhausts is the major cause of death through lung cancer and heart attacks.

The report is critical of Sweden saying that health is often one of the forgotten factors when the country looks at its environmental goals. Health must be given a higher priority when new plans, such as the decision to build a children’s day-care centre next to a busy main road, are made.

But it is not just air pollution from vehicles on land that Swedes should be worrying about. According to a report from the University of Delaware in the US, nearly 30,000 people die each year in Europe due to air pollution from the exhaust fumes of sea craft.

And they say the probelms are likely to get worse over the next five years with the death toll due to exhaust fumes from maritime traffic going up by 40 percent.

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