070813162438-largeIn the quest for energy and increased production, mankind has sabotaged himself, destroying the very air he breathes. Nature’s clean, sustainable, free energy sources have been bypassed, as industry empires rise up, shooting pollution from their stacks and skyscraper pipes. Air quality is often taken for granted. Since people generally breathe involuntarily, they rarely realize what’s going into the body, as the lungs shuffle to take in oxygen. According to a new report from the World Health Organization, air pollution is now causing the deaths of an entire 7 million people annually. The agency pointed out that one in eight deaths worldwide are caused by poor air quality; they believe that pollution is now the greatest environmental risk factor for disease and death. WHO reports that deaths due to poor air quality trumps deaths from AIDS, diabetes and road accidents combined. The agency estimated that nearly 4.3 million deaths in 2012 were actually caused by indoor air pollution, with indoor coal stoves being the greatest danger. The WHO report stated that 40 percent of those deaths come from China alone.
When one breathes polluted air, tiny particles make their way into the lungs and embed deep into the organ, causing irritation and, ultimately, inflammation in the heart. “Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves,” said Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women and Children’s Health. More