“The image of air pollution is often one of chimney stacks and smoggy cities. But this can be a misleading picture. Indoor air pollution killed more than 3 million people in 2020, almost as many as did its outdoor counterpart. And yet it has been mostly invisible to science, and to policy.
In a Comment article in Nature this week, three researchers describe how that needs to change. Christopher Whitty, the UK government’s chief medical adviser, and colleagues Deborah Jenkins and Alastair Lewis, show what researchers and policymakers must do to improve our understanding of, and ultimately to reduce, indoor air pollution. Most people spend 80–90% of their time indoors, in homes, schools and places of work, the authors observe. But, in contrast to detailed and legally enforceable national standards for outdoor pollution that exist in many parts of the world, indoor spaces are mostly not subject to similar air-quality controls.”
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According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution may cause stroke, heart disease, and even lung cancer. It’s estimated that a 3rd of the world’s population cooks using inefficient stoves (and open fires!) which is a major contributor to these deaths. However, there are other pollutants which often go undetected that can cause serious health issues as well.
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