Pollution-related diseases were found to have killed 9 million people worldwide in 2019. The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, looked at deaths from pollution-related diseases in 2019. Pollution-related diseases were recorded as causing 9 million deaths in 2019, with India leading with about 2.4 million deaths and China with about 2.2 million deaths. The USA, on the other hand, ranked 7th among the countries with the highest number of deaths from pollution-related diseases with 142,883 losses. While the death rate from pollution-related diseases was 117 per 100 thousand people worldwide in 2019, this rate was 43.6 in the USA. Chad and the Central African Republic ranked first with around 300 deaths from pollution-related diseases per 100,000 people, while Brunei, Qatar and Iceland had the lowest mortality rates, with 15 to 23.
Caused 4.5 Million Deaths in 2019
Industrial air pollution, which caused the death of approximately 2.9 million people in 2000 and 4.2 million people in 2015, cost the lives of 4.5 million people in 2019. In the research, water pollution, which caused 1.4 million deaths in 2019, and lead pollution, which caused 900 thousand deaths, came to the fore. The study also noted that pollution causes the same number of deaths worldwide as smoking and secondhand smoke. The loss of 9 million people is huge, but deaths from pollution-related diseases have not decreased, said Philip Landrigan, director of Boston College’s Global Public Health Program and the Global Pollution Observatory. Landrigan, pointing out that the death toll is almost the same as in 2015 and that these deaths can be prevented, “We make profit from the easy ones. We see that industrial air pollution and chemical pollution are still increasing.” expressions used. Pointing out that three quarters of the deaths caused by pollution-related diseases are caused by air pollution, Landrigan emphasized that a large part of this is caused by “coal-fired power plants, steel mills and vehicles.
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