This is how many people are literally dying because of pollution

Nov. 10, 2017

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An October report from the Lancet medical journal highlighted just how deadly global pollution really is.

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9,000,000

That’s how many people died in 2015 as a result of global pollution, the report estimated.

Source: Lancet Commission on pollution and health

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That’s three times as many deaths as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

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Researchers found the deadly impact of pollution disproportionately affected “the poor and the vulnerable.”

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92%

That’s the percentage of pollution-related deaths that occurred in low- and middle-income countries.

Source: Lancet Commission on pollution and health

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Children exposed to pollutants in-utero and in infancy — even in low doses — experienced disease, disability and even death as a result of their exposure.

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The pollutants came from chemicals, pesticides, fossil fuel and coal combustion — among other sources.

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And, the researchers concluded, pollution is only getting worse in many places around the world.

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However, there is hope: The report found that countries with clean air and clean water regulations saw improvements in health and life span.

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The next steps, the report said, are to switch to cleaner energy and for governments to end tax breaks for industries that pollute the environment.

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“With leadership, resources and a clearly articulated, data-driven strategy, much of the world's pollution can be controlled,” the report said.

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