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posted by martyb on Saturday October 21, @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: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday October 22, @03:42AM (2 children)

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

    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, @05:49AM

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

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

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

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 22, @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.