A new report on air pollution was carried out and found that approximately 1,500 people die in the country every year, as a result of pollution.
The report was carried out by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and it states that in 2014 almost 1,500 people died from illness linked to particulate matter, 1,480. Ten of these deaths were put down to nitrogen dioxide and 20 were put down to high ozone concentrations.
The biggest killer, according to the report, is particulate matter. This though had the least impact on Ireland, with the highest areas of impact being Eastern Europe. The report also states that approximately 374 years of life were lost prematurely due to pollution. This equates to 100,000 in Ireland alone. The EU average for lives lost is 1,040.
Particulate matter, is the waste which comes from vehicle emissions, agriculture and solid fuel burning. Nitrogen dioxide pollution was caused mainly by traffic emissions. Higher levels of ozone meanwhile are known to cause respiratory problems. They EEA described air pollution as the largest environmental health risk on the continent.
They also listed heart disease and stroke as the main causes of premature death, caused by air pollution. They say it is responsible for up to 80% of all deaths of these types.