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Pollution Causes Estimated 9M Premature Deaths Annually, 1 In 6 Deaths Worldwide, Lancet Commission Finds

CNN: Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, study says
“…In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form — air, water, soil, chemical, or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet…” (Scutti, 10/20).

Deutsche Welle: Pollution killing more people than war and violence, says report
“Environmental pollution is killing more people every year than smoking, hunger, or natural disasters, according to a major study released in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday…” (10/20).

Financial Times: Pollution-related deaths exceed 9m per year
“…A two-year project carried out by the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, sponsored by The Lancet journal, concluded that air pollution was the biggest contributor, accounting for 6.5m premature deaths, while water pollution causes 1.8m deaths. A further 0.8m died from pollution in the workplace…” (Cookson, 10/19).

The Guardian: Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens ‘survival of human societies’
“…The vast majority of the pollution deaths occur in poorer nations and in some, such as India, Chad, and Madagascar, pollution causes a quarter of all deaths. The international researchers said this burden is a hugely expensive drag on developing economies…” (Carrington, 10/19).

NPR: Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB, And Malaria Combined
“… ‘Pollution in rapidly developing countries is just getting worse and worse and worse. And it isn’t getting the attention it deserves. It needed to be rigorously studied,’ says Dr. Philip Landrigan, pediatrician and professor of environmental medicine and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the lead author of the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health along with Richard Fuller, president of Pure Earth, which works to clean up pollution in poor countries. We talked with Landrigan about the commission’s findings…” (Brink, 10/19).

STAT: Pollution to blame for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide, study finds
“…Addressing pollution seems to save big bucks. The researchers report that every dollar invested in U.S. air pollution control since 1970 — when the Clean Air Act passed — has produced roughly $30 in benefits. Much of that comes from increased productivity from healthier people” (Thielking, 10/19).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: India tops global pollution deaths of 9 million a year — study
“…India fared worst, with 2.5 million people dying early because of pollution, followed by China with 1.8 million deaths … [R]apidly industrializing nations are worst affected and regulation could help to protect health as they develop, said the commission, which brings together more than 40 international health and environmental authors” (Pujol-Mazzini, 10/19).

Washington Post: Pollution kills 9 million people each year, new study finds
“… ‘When you’re looking at developing countries, you really have to address this challenge if you want to move people out of poverty and into the middle class,’ said Gina McCarthy, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who was not involved in the study but had studied its conclusions. ‘It is holding people back.’ And the warming of the Earth’s climate is likely to fuel more deaths in the absence of international action, she said…” (Dennis, 10/19).

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