These are the countries with the most pollution-related deaths

21 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Ora Austin
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The largest number of deaths related to pollution in that year was in India with 2.5 million deaths, and China 1.8 million deaths.

Nearly 92 percent of pollution-related deaths occur in poor or middle-income countries, the study finds.

Deaths caused by pollution topped 9 million in 2015, or three times the figure from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and nearly 15 times as many as war and other forms of violence, scientists say.

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health is a two-year project in which more than 40 global health and environmental authors led by environmental scientist Philip Landrigan were involved. Last year, crackers, vehicular pollution, emissions from coal plants, and burning of crop stubble in Punjab and Haryana also had created a blanket of smog that lingered for days forcing the Supreme Court, to ban the sale of firecrackers in the national capital region. Most of these deaths happened through heart diseases, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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The next biggest cause is water pollution, leading to the spread of gastrointestinal diseases and parasitic infections, which have killed 1.8 million people.

Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution.

While developed countries are far from immune from the hazards, their form of pollution are more "modern", like fossil fuel combustion and chemicals, while developing countries have biomass fuels.

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