How Much of a Global Health Risk Is Pollution?

Globally, pollution claims far more lives than contagious diseases or war. Specifically, air and water pollution pose the greatest risk. In 2015, researchers found that 9 million deaths worldwide were caused by pollution, which is equivalent to one in every six premature deaths. A report published in 2017 by the Lancet Commission states that pollution -- in the form of air, water, soil, chemical, or occupational pollution -- is currently the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world. Air pollution, which is most severe in highly populated, low-income cities, is the number one cause, followed by water pollution, and then by pollution hazards in the workplace.

More about pollution:

  • As of 2017, air pollution in urban areas is highest in countries in South Asia and the Middle East, such as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Pakistan.

  • On the other hand, the country with the least air pollution in urban areas is Australia.

  • Workplace pollution, which particularly affects miners and factory workers, results in 800,000 deaths per year across the globe.

Follow wiseGEEK:

More Info: CNN

Discuss this Article

Post your comments

Post Anonymously


forgot password?



Free Widgets for your Site/Blog

Horses are responsible for more human deaths in Australia than all of the nation's venomous creatures put together.  more...
December 8 ,  1965 :  Pope Paul VI promulgated Vatican II into ecumenical law.  more...