Air pollution: More than 8,500 deaths a year in Greece

by on 31 May 2020

Annual deaths from air pollution in Greece amount to more than 8,500, according to data from the National Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (EKPAA).

These are deaths, which are directly related to the concentrations of dangerous particulate matter.

Based on the available data, approximately 6,500 deaths are recorded annually in urban and semi-urban centers, and about 2,100 in rural areas.

Most deaths affect the populations of Athens (58%) and Thessaloniki (13%). Especially in the center of Athens, in fact, the long-term effects of nitrogen dioxide appear to be 160 deaths.

Air pollution causes far more deaths than even pandemics such as Covid-19