False. Poor air quality killed no one.
The World Health Organization yesterday claimed that poor air quality (indoor and outdoor) killed 6.5 million in 2012.
No actual bodies or deaths were identified — these are only “statistical” (i.e., imaginary) deaths.
The WHO basically multiplied its assumptions about the lethality of PM2.5 with estimates of exposure to PM2.5 and, voila, that equaled 6.5 million.
But as explained here, PM2.5 kills no one, and zero deaths multiplied by estimates of PM2.5 exposure equal zero deaths.
Here is the World Health Organization report.
Here is the WHO media release.
Here is coverage in The Guardian.
Here is JunkScience.com’s “FACT SHEET: Particulate Matter in Indoor/Outdoor Air Does NOT Cause Death“.