Why air pollution is the world’s biggest public health issue


From respiratory illnesses to heart disease, the world’s toxic air is quietly killing millions each year. Leading health experts speak about an urgent crisis policymakers can no longer ignore. 

When the World Health Organization (WHO) published its Global Strategy on Health, Environment, and Climate Change in February 2020, the message was clear. We are rapidly running out of time to mitigate and reverse the devastating environmental impact of industrialisation and urbanisation, which, alongside widespread loss of species and habitat, directly causes 13 million deaths each year. 

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