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posted by martyb on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:02PM   Printer-friendly
from the I'm-gonna-stay-in-my-basement dept.

A Lancet Commission report has found that pollution is now the leading cause of disease and death worldwide:

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet.

The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wider range of diseases than previously thought.

Those studies observed populations exposed to pollutants and compared them to people not exposed. The studies have shown that pollution can be an important cause of diseases — many of them potentially fatal — including asthma, cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects in children, heart disease, stroke and lung disease.

The nine million figure adds up to 16 percent of all deaths worldwide, killing three times more people than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Pollution is responsible for 15 times more deaths than wars and all other forms of violence. "No country is unaffected," the report notes. But 92 percent of those deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries.

Air pollution deaths in Southeast Asia are expected to double by 2050.

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health (DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32345-0) (DX)

Also at The Guardian and Human Rights Watch.

Related: Pollution responsible for quarter of deaths of young children, says WHO


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:18PM (13 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:18PM (#585745)

    It's a negative feedback loop.

  • (Score: 2, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:31PM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:31PM (#585747) Journal

    Premature deaths. When is a death not premature? Old dude in a nearby village died at 95, and his eulogy said that he died prematurely. Who is in charge of deciding that a death is premature? Is there some premature death official in every county? Maybe he shares offices with the coroner?

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    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:41PM (1 child)

      by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:41PM (#585748) Journal

      If only there were a branch of mathematics that could help answer these questions...

      inb4 pee-value anon comes in and takes a big shit on the study
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      • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @08:04PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @08:04PM (#585758)

        It's not a study, its a review article. Its kind of funny they don't define "premature death" anywhere (what populations were used to determine the average age, etc), so it isn't even clear what they are talking about.

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:45PM (#585750)

      There was a link in TFS:

      Death that occurs before the average age of death in a certain population. In the United States, the average age of death is about 75 years.

      https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms?cdrid=748385 [cancer.gov]

      So that village must have an average age of death greater than 95 years.

      Seriously though, this is yet another poorly thought out medical term that leads to severe problems. Using this definition, the only way to stop the epidemic of premature death is for everyone to die at the exact same age. At that point I'm sure they would change it to "before or at the average age".

  • (Score: 1, Troll) by frojack on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:44PM (1 child)

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 21 2017, @07:44PM (#585749) Journal

    But Correlation is not causation.

    Those studies observed populations exposed to pollutants and compared them to people not exposed. The studies have shown that pollution can be an important cause of diseases

    There is hardly any person in the world that is not exposed to some degree to one or more forms of pollution. Probably never was, as primitive people sat around camp fires since dirt.

    To me this study seems like a SWAG, essentially deciding how many of the 55.3 million people who die each year can be tied (however tenuously) to Pollution.
    Its not at all the same as the 1.25 million road traffic deaths world wide each year, where you count bodies from accidents.

    If it was "contributed to" or similar language it would be believable, but "Caused" is a huge leap.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @07:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @07:57PM (#586032)

      It is really annoying how badly pro-pollution propaganda has messed with the minds of you keebler elves. Stick to making cookies, the lame "many sides" crap is getting tiresome.

      The TL:DR of your comment is "there is no absolute way to tell anything, therefore who cares about this study on pollution, no one do anything."

  • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday October 21 2017, @09:16PM (5 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 21 2017, @09:16PM (#585780) Homepage

    And gee, which races and cultures are the ones which breed the most irresponsibly?

    And gee, which political affiliation is always trying to wag their environmentalist fingers at everybody except the races and cultures which are breeding the most irresponsibly?

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @11:14PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21 2017, @11:14PM (#585814)

      Again with the stupidity. Boring.

      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @03:04AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @03:04AM (#585853)

        I like to imagine that EF is asking questions and recording the answers of people who seriously try and answer. "What do you say when dumbshits say blah blah shit blah blah puke?" The incompetent way of gathering better responses.

        • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday October 22 2017, @03:42AM (2 children)

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 22 2017, @03:42AM (#585858) Homepage

          I am not trying to gather data.

          What I am trying to do is see how others gather data.

          • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Sunday October 22 2017, @05:49AM

            by captain normal (2205) on Sunday October 22 2017, @05:49AM (#585877)

            Ah ha...so you are another Russian bot out to fuck with us.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @04:09PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @04:09PM (#585976)

            Nope. You're just being stupid. There will always be dumb people doing/saying dumb things but we should all call them out on it.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @11:41AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22 2017, @11:41AM (#585933)

    It's not that straightforward.

    More people -> more research -> greater industrial efficiency -> less pollution.