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Pollution: World’s Biggest Health Problem

Ongoing research is dramatically underscoring the seriousness of pollution as a major health risk. A recent report by The Lancet Commission says that, in 2015, pollution caused the deaths of around nine million people, a situation that is only likely to continue. The report—a global collaboration involving researchers, doctors, and academics—states that pollution accounts for one in every six deaths worldwide, killing more people than war, famine, and disasters. The primary vector in terminal illness around the world is air pollution, coming from sources such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emitted by power plants and vehicles. The study found that 92% of all pollution-related deaths occurred in low- or middle-income countries lacking environmental regulations. —TV

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