Link between air pollution, increased deaths and increased deaths from heart disease affirmed (Science Daily)
"In what is believed to be the largest, most detailed study of its kind in the United States, scientists have confirmed that tiny chemical particles in the air we breathe are linked to an overall increase in risk of early death."
7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution (WHO)
"In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths - as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives."
Beijing Issues Its First Ever 'Red Alert' Over Air Pollution (NPR)
"For the first time since it instituted a warning system in 2013, Beijing has issued a "red alert" over dangerous levels of air pollution. The state news agency Xinhua reported that the city's air is thick with smog and the skyline is obscured by the haze."