Air Pollution

Is clean air becoming a new global currency?

A clean air crisis is exacerbating existing global inequality as people in deprived areas are forced to breath dirty air. Image: unsplash / @veeterzy

David Duong

Director, Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change, Harvard Medical School

Neha Rana

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Riya Master

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

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A heat map of per capita global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, 2019
Global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, 2019 (the most recent year for which global figures are available) Image: Our World in Data based on the Global Carbon Project; Gapminder & UN

David B. Duong, Riya Master, Neha Rana, Harvard Medical School
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Deaths from indoor and outdoor air pollution, 2017 (the most recent year for which global figures are available) Image: Our World in Data; IHME, Global Burden of Disease

David B. Duong, Riya Master, Neha Rana, Harvard Medical School
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