POLLUTION CAUSES 3 TIMES MORE DEATHS THAN AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA COMBINED
Pollution is a subject that concerns us all and to which we must raise the greatest number from the youngest age. Consumption of water and electricity, sorting of waste, or recycling, all the steps to counter the degradation of our ecosystem must be applied to preserve our environment and our health.
Of course, we must not feel guilty about this public health problem. The main culprits of this degradation are not (that) ordinary citizens – even if some people have totally irresponsible behavior. Industries contribute significantly to pollution related to the production and use of energy, in addition to non-compliance with certain regulations or slow implementation.
POLLUTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 16% OF PREMATURE DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Responsible for 16% of premature deaths in the world according to a report released October 19, 2017 by The Lancet, pollution and its harmful effects on human health, the environment and the planet have been neglected both by governments and through the international development agenda for decades. Yet, pollution is the biggest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for about 9 million premature deaths.
The Commission Lancet on pollution and health covers all health and economic costs of air pollution, water and soil. With existing and emerging data analysis, the Commission reveals the contribution serious and under-reported pollution to the global burden of disease. Their report reveals economic costs of pollution for low- and middle-income.
The aim is to inform key decision makers around the world about the burden that pollution poses to the health and economic development, as well as control solutions and strategies against the available and cost-effective pollution.
THE POLLUTION THAT AFFECTS HUMANITY IS ENTIRELY AVOIDABLE
The diseases caused by pollution were responsible in 2015 for an estimated 9 million premature deaths, or 16% of the total of all deaths in the world.
The report published by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health details the harmful effects of pollution on global health . This is the first global analysis of the impacts of pollution (air, water , soil, occupation) and the exploration of the economic costs and social injustice of pollution. Pollution, which causes many diseases and disorders that affect humanity, is entirely preventable.
The report presents solutions and recommends how the problem can be solved. It includes examples and success stories from the fight against pollution.
CONCLUSIONS OF THE LANCET COMMISSION
Pollution causes 16% of all deaths worldwide.
The diseases caused by pollution were responsible in 2015 for about 9 million premature deaths – 16% of all deaths worldwide – 3 times more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined; and 15 times more than all wars and other forms of violence . It kills more people than smoking, hunger and natural disasters. In some countries, it accounts for one in four deaths.
Pollution disproportionately kills the poor and the vulnerable. Almost 92% of pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Within countries, the highest toll of pollution is in poor and marginalized communities. Children are at the highest risk as small exposures to chemicals in utero and early childhood can lead to permanent illnesses and disabilities, premature death, and reduced learning and income potential.
Pollution is closely linked to climate change and biodiversity. The burning of fossil fuels in high-income countries and the burning of biomass in low-income countries accounts for 85% of particulate pollution in the air. The main emitters of carbon dioxide are coal-fired power plants, chemical producers, mining companies and vehicles. Accelerating the transition to cleaner energy sources will reduce air pollution and improve human and planetary health.