A new study claims the effects of air pollution are responsible for more than two million deaths a year. Both fine particle matter and human-caused increases in ozone pollution are being blamed.

East Asia is the worst affected area, with an estimated one million people that die prematurely each year. In North America there was an average of 43,000 deaths from fine particulates and just over 34,000 related to ozone.

Fine particle matter like dust, smoke and soot is dangerous because it can lodge deep in the lungs and can lead to respiratory disease and cancer.

[Metro Networks]