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September 09, 2020 - Reuters

One in Eight Deaths in Europe Linked to Pollution, Environment, EU Says

One in Eight Deaths in Europe Linked to Pollution, Environment, EU Says
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Environmental factors such as air pollution and heatwaves exacerbated by climate change contribute to around 13% of all deaths in Europe, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.

A total of 630,000 deaths in the European Union’s 27 countries plus Britain were attributable to environmental factors in 2012, the latest year for which data are available, EEA said in a report.

“These deaths are preventable and can be significantly reduced through efforts to improve environmental quality,” it said.

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