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Impact of socio-demographic trends on the future health burden of air pollution

Efforts to reduce emissions will lower our exposure to air pollution. Yet, the size and vulnerability of the future population will largely determine the resulting health burden. The key socio-demographic determinants include ageing and a declining baseline mortality rate, which are likely to occur in many countries.

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Fig. 1: Projection of global PM2.5-related deaths for 2015–2100 and the relative contribution of four key factors.


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This is a summary of: Yang, H. et al. Socio-demographic factors shaping the future global health burden from air pollution. Nat. Sustain. (2022).

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Impact of socio-demographic trends on the future health burden of air pollution. Nat Sustain 6, 19–20 (2023).

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