BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A large new report found that pollution could be linked to around 9 million deaths each year or about one in six of all the deaths that occur across the globe.
Pollution, a silent but deadly killer, can either cause or exacerbate non-communicable diseases such as asthma, heart disease, lung cancer, strokes, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Pollution, the Deadly Killer Disguised as an Environmental Challenge
“The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Public Health” is behind this latest report on pollution. Research was conducted with help from over 40 international environmental and health experts and spanned over two years.
“Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge — it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and well-being,” stated Professor Phillip Landrigan.
Part of Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, he is also the co-leader of the commission.
The professor continued by pointing out that pollution and its effects on the health and the environment should receive the “full attention” of more than just specialists. He considers that this should concern everyone from health professionals to the civil society to every person around the world.
The report determined that air pollution is the biggest contributor to pollution-related deaths. This deadly killer, which in most cases isn’t even noticed, can affect people both when they are outside and inside.
Some 6.5 million of the deaths reported in 2015 have been associated with this pollution type. The second most noxious pollution source is the water one. According to the report, around 1.8 million deaths of the deaths registered two years ago could be linked to water pollution. Namely, these were tied to parasitic infections and gastrointestinal disease.
Workplace-related pollution was the third most deadly cause. People can get exposed to carcinogens and toxins, and many more depending on the place and domain in which they are active. About 800,000 deaths were associated with this type of pollution.
The report found that India and the China were the two countries most affected by this deadly killer. Some 2.5 million deaths in the first and 1.8 million others in the latter were connected with pollution.
According to the study, pollution-related health issues can and do take a toll on the economy as well.
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