Air, Water Pollution Kills Millions across the Globe

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The research, which looked at causes of death in 2015, found overall pollution claimed nine million lives worldwide - one in six of all deaths - with air pollution accounting for 6.5 million.

Welfare losses due to pollution are estimated to cost more than United States dollars 4.6 trillion each year, equivalent to 6.2 per cent of global economic output, it said. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health also noted that nearly all pollution-linked deaths - around 92 percent - were in poor or middle-income countries, and as many as a quarter of such deaths were reported from rapidly industrialising countries including India.

The Lancet report notes specific areas of concern in Canada for First Nations in northern Alberta and Ontario due to oil and gas development and chemical manufacturing. Its dangers lie in respiratory and heart diseases including lung cancer, which can develop from long-term exposure.

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.

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India's been talking about those concerns for a while, Ayers said, and "Tillerson's picking up on it as a core issue". But, we can not tolerate this government or any other government giving safe haven to terrorists who target Americans.

"In 2015, the greatest numbers of deaths due to pollution occurred in India (2.5 million deaths) and China (1.8 million)", the study said.

The rate of deaths attributable to pollution was 196 per 100,000 people in India, compared to 131 in China and 47 in the US.

The next largest risk factor, water pollution, accounted for 1.8 million deaths, while pollution in the workplace was linked to 800,000 deaths globally.

The map also features the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat, believed to release numerous heavy metals, asbestos and petroleum hydrocarbons into the environment. But the absolute number of air pollution deaths in Bangladesh was only 0.2 million.

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