Three Irish People Die Each Day Due To Pollution
Shocking New Statistics Revealed
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has released a new report today with the shocking statistic, that Pollution is the cause of 1,200 premature deaths each year in Ireland.
The report highlights the terrible human cost of Ireland’s failure to maintain a quality environment for all its citizens.
The health and well-being of the population of Ireland is inextricably linked to the lack of quality of our environment, particularly, air quality.
Small particulate pollution’s are the major cause of these tragic deaths, which accounts for the tragic deaths of three people every single day. This human cost accounts for untold heartache to these people’s loved ones.
Deadly pollutants in our environment
These deadly particulates are mainly coming from diesel engine emissions, particularly trucks and buses which are building up in our towns and cities. These pollutants are not only causing deaths but are also causing huge health issues for everybody breathing them in, especially for those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
Particulate pollutants from traffic fumes are not the only cause for concern in our environment. Maintaining standards of our air is important but how we process and dispose of our waste and the quality of our drinking water has a direct impact on how healthy we are as a population.
These deaths also have an economical effect, as millions of euros are being absorbed in the provision of medical treatments. There is a cost to the provision of care for chronic illnesses caused by dirty water for example. Added to this, other factors contribute to our environmental problems, such as stress triggered by noise pollution, pollution from electricity generation and many other factors.
The in depth assessment published today by the EPA spans multiple headings from climate change to radon and from species loss to sustainable economic development.
- EPA launches sixth landmark ‘State of the Environment’ Report
- Climate change the defining environmental issue of our times
- Ireland’s environment generally ‘good’ – but serious underlying signals of concern
- While the worst of the worst of our rivers have improved, we have lost the best of the best
- Localised problems such as poor air quality and water pollution masked by national figures
- Species such as the corncrake and the curlew almost extinct in Ireland
- Environmental protection legislation keeps us safer and healthier and needs to be implemented
This latest report is the sixth in a series which aims to present a snapshot of “the state of the environment”. The first report was first published 20 years ago and the latest assessment, although worrying in some of its findings, allows us to see how successful Ireland has been in some areas of environmental issues but as we have also seen, how poorly we have done in others.