A new research conducted by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health has found that one in six deaths in 2015 were linked to pollution of some form – air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution.
A new report has found that one in six deaths in 2015, approximately nine million people worldwide, was related to pollution.
The report, which was published in The Lancet, found air pollution to be the largest contributor to early death, having caused about 6.5 million deaths in 2015. Water pollution, according to the report, is the second most fatal form of pollution with 0.8 million deaths linked to it.
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An overwhelming majority of the deaths resulting from pollution – 92% – occur in developing countries. One of every four such deaths occur in countries trying to industrialize rapidly, such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Kenya.
“Pollution disproportionately impacts the poor and the vulnerable,” said Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, the director of the health, nutrition and population global practice at the World Bank Group.
“Children face the highest risks,” he added. “It is important to translate awareness into action at the local, national, and global levels.”