Air pollution kills 1,100 annually in Tel Aviv region

New study released by Environment Ministry and Israel Union for Environmental Defense.

Published: 07-Jan-2003

1,1,00 persons over age 30 die every year from air pollution in the Tel Aviv region, the Ministry of the Environment and the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED) revealed at a press conference today in Tel Aviv.

The figures were derived from a three-year study by the ministry and the IUED. The study surveyed a variety of pollutants, and attempted to estimate the number of cases of death and disease caused by the heavy air pollution in the Tel Aviv and Ashdod regions.

The findings indicate a significant effect on health, as a result of both chronic and acute exposure to a variety of pollutants, including cases of death and disease in both the Tel Aviv region, which has one million residents, and the Ashdod region, which has 200,000.

The study found that the main risks to health were exposure to pollution caused by transportation, power plants, and industry. Air pollution-caused deaths accounted for 14% of all deaths in the over 30 age group in the Tel Aviv region.

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