"Statistics are like bikinis. What they conceal is more important than what they reveal."
Air pollution deaths
Air pollution kills more people than passive smoking, traffic accidents or obesity. Yet, it receives little or no attention from governments or the media.
Especially the tiny particles (also known as PM10s or "particulate matter") that penetrate deep into the respiratory tissue and even directly into the bloodstream, constitute a serious health threat. They are emitted by domestic heating, industry and traffic (mainly diesel engines). If measures were put in place to cut pollution levels, many deaths could be avoided.