While China, other Asian countries and the U.S. are known to be the worst air polluters on the planet, some countries in other regions have similar problems. As it turns out, Bulgaria has one of the highest mortality rates attributed to air pollution. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Georgia tops this list of shame, with 300 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, due to air pollution. Bulgaria is fourth, with 175 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. China is only at the 6th spot.
Air pollution is the fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. It is mainly caused by the industry, power generation and transport. It remains to be seen how the Bulgarian government will react to the threat in question.
The IEA’s table on premature deaths due to air pollution can be found here.