“Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated nine million premature deaths in 2015 — 16 percent of all deaths worldwide — three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most severely affected countries,” low- and middle-income ones, where 92 percent of these fatal events occur, “pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four.”
This is not the usual social media alarmism very much in vogue these days, but the words chosen by the scientific journal The Lancet in its introduction to the long and thorough research conducted by the “Lancet Commission on pollution and health,” made up of 47 scientists from around the world.
“The nature of pollution,” these experts explain, “is changing,” and “in many places around the world, it is worsening,” especially in countries undergoing rapid industrialization, such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Kenya.