“More than 9m people are killed annually by pollution, equivalent to one in six of all deaths across the world, according to a new study. A two-year project carried out by the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, sponsored by the Lancet journal, concluded that air pollution was the biggest contributor, accounting for 6.5m premature deaths, while water pollution causes 1.8m deaths. A further 0.8m died from pollution in the workplace.
Ninety-two per cent of pollution-related deaths occur in low and middle income countries, from a wide range of diseases. In some industrialising countries a quarter of deaths are linked to pollution. The largest totals were in India (2.5m deaths) and China (1.8m).”