Air pollution to increase by 2050

According to a new report from  scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, the Institute of Atmospheric Physics and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in 2050, the air quality worldwide will be as bad as it already is nowadays in urban areas of Southeast Asia, one of the most polluted places on Earth.  Air pollution in Europe and North America would also increase, but due to the effect of mitigation policies – that have been in place for more than two decades now – to a much lesser extent than in Asia.  Urban air pollution is estimated to kill 1.2 million people each year and the largest single source is motor vehicle exhaust.