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Data InsightsIndoor air pollution causes over three million premature deaths every year
June 27, 2024Hannah Ritchie

Indoor air pollution causes over three million premature deaths every year

Most of the world's poorest people still rely on solid fuels — such as crop waste, dung, wood, and charcoal — for cooking and heating.

These fuels cause damaging air pollution in households when they’re burned.

According to estimates from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, indoor air pollution prematurely kills more than three million people each year.

As shown on the chart, deaths from indoor pollution are falling as more people get access to cleaner cooking fuels. Improving access to clean energy could prevent many more early deaths.

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