Air pollution linked to seven million deaths globally in 2012: World Health Organization

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Seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization said.

The agency's public and environmental health chief Maria Neira said air pollution "is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it's affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries," Agence France-Presse reported.

The agency said the hardest-hit regions in the world were Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.

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