This number isn slightly increased compared to 2019, the European Environment Agency (EEA) specified in its report.
It says particulate pollution caused at least 238,000 premature deaths in the European Union in 2020. Report of the European Environment Agency (EEA) (In English) Released on Thursday, November 24th.This number is In 2019, authorities recorded about 231,000 deaths.
The EEA explains this development, in particular, by the fact that Covid-19 has hit people with comorbidities related to air pollution (cancer, lung disease, or type 2 diabetes) the hardest. Otherwise, “Comparing 2020 and 2019, we see an increase in the number of premature deaths attributed to air pollution. [particules fines] PM2.5 [le dioxyde d’azote] NO2 and [l’ozone] O3”which elaborates on the AEE in its study.
Despite everything, the EU is on the right track
Such increases represent a total decline of 45% between 2005 and 2020, in contrast to the constant decline over the last two decades. “important”, Emphasis on research. The agency also estimates that the EU is on track to meet its goal of reducing premature deaths by more than 50% by 2030 compared to 2005.
In the early 1990s, fine particles caused about 1 million premature deaths in 27 EU countries. The death toll in 2005 was her 431,000.