Pollution linked to 1 in 6 premature deaths globally

An article on pollution-related mortality in the Lancet last week has generated widespread media attention. View the full report (including perspectives on economic development and the inequitable burden of air and water pollution on Asian and African countries) at the Lancet Commission on pollution and health’s site: http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/pollution-and-health

Washington Post: “Going into this, my colleagues and I knew that pollution killed a lot of people. But we certainly did not have any idea of the total magnitude of the problem,” said Philip Landrigan, dean of global health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and co-chair of the commission behind the report. “I think all of us were really surprised when we saw this.”

CBCNews:  “Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.”

CBS News: “The greatest numbers of deaths due to pollution in 2015 occurred in India with 2.5 million, followed by China with 1.8 million deaths.”