According to a recent study, pollution causes 9 million premature deaths every year. This figure is higher than the deaths caused by war, vehicular accidents, HIV, drug use, and alcohol combined. The study was published in the oldest medical journal, The Lancet. The study looked at data from 2015 and 2019. The authors concluded that pollution remains one of the most significant global threats. Although the study found that pollution contributes to many premature deaths, it is still a fraction of the total death toll.
The study found that pollution causes nine million premature deaths a year. Of these, a majority are caused by air pollution. However, lead and other chemical pollutants are responsible for 1.8 million deaths. Researchers said that addressing pollution could mitigate the effects of climate change. However, more research is needed to determine how much pollution is causing these deaths. Hopefully, this new study will help people take action to protect the environment.
The study found that deaths caused by modern types of pollution are increasing. While this is true in most countries, the numbers are declining in Ethiopia and other poorer nations. That may be a problem with reporting. But the authors do recommend several ways to reduce pollution deaths, including improving the monitoring and reporting of pollution and creating more robust government systems to regulate the industry. They also encourage the creation of clean-up programs in low-income countries. In India alone, air pollution caused 2.3 million premature deaths in 2019. In addition, nearly 500,000 people were killed by water pollution.
While the study suggests that air pollution is the most significant cause of death, the report shows that the most vulnerable countries are developing fast, where the effects of pollutants are most pronounced.