Pollution killing more people than war and violence, says report

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"Up until now the pollution control agenda has been very fragmented", he explained, with some studies "on air pollution, some on water, some on chemicals".

Air pollution, the leading cause, killed 6.5 million people around the world.

More than 155,000 people were killed by pollution in the United States, but those deaths made up just 5.74% of the country's total.

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The report also attributed massive costs to pollution-related death, sickness and welfare, estimating the costs at some $4.6 trillion (€3.89 trillion) in annual losses - or about 6.2 percent of the global economy.

In India, where cities such as New Delhi routinely rank among the world's most polluted, almost a quarter of all deaths in 2015 were caused by pollution-related illnesses. That's "three times as many deaths as [from] AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined and 15 times as many deaths as [from] war and all forms of violence", the report says.

A research by Simon Fraser University has found that pollution causes 16% of all deaths globally, in the first of its kind global analysis of the impacts of pollution-air, water, soil, occupational among others. Another 2.9 million deaths come from indoor air pollution, from things like wood-burning stoves, which are still used throughout the developing world for heat and cooking.

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But one of the study's authors, Richard Fuller, said pollution is tied to slow economic development in wealthy and poor nations. "It is estimated that the diseases caused by pollution have been responsible for 9 million premature deaths by 2015 - accounting for 16% of all deaths in the world", assesses the report, the result of two years of work by a commission associating the british medical journal, several worldwide organizations, NGOS, and a quarantine of researchers specialized in issues of health and environment. "Southeast Asia includes India and the western Pacific region includes China", said the study. "There is no denial that mortality from diseases linked with pollution is high in our country". And it's critical we take action on both for our near and longterm health. Among the authors of the study are former environment minister Jairam Ramesh and IIT-Delhi's Prof Mukesh Khare.

Landrigan, who is also the dean of global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, explained that most people don't see that pollution has become a massive public health concern because they're only looking at the "scattered bits" of the issue. "However, WHO documents that the problem of ambient air pollution is widespread in low-income and middle-income countries and finds that 98 per cent of urban areas in developing countries with populations of more than 100,000 people fail to meet the WHO global air quality guideline for PM2.5 pollution of 10 ug/m3 of ambient air annually".

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