India has highest death toll due to pollution, report

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

20th Dec, 2019. 12:37 am
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India leads planet in the deaths caused by pollution, report published on Wednesday. the report estimated the global impact of contaminants in the air, water and workplace.

According to the details, The report by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) found pollution to be the largest environmental cause of premature death on the planet, causing 15 percent of all deaths—some 8.3 million people.

India leads world in pollution linked deaths: study

Among the ten countries with the most pollution deaths in 2017, the latest year for which data was available, were some of the world’s largest and wealthiest nations, along with some poorer ones.

“The report reminds us all that pollution is a global crisis,” said Rachael Kupka, acting Executive Director of GAHP. “It does not matter where you live. Pollution will find you.”

Pollution-linked deaths rates were highest in some of the world’s most impoverished countries where poor water sanitation and contaminated indoor air are major killers

 

“India has seen increasing industrial and vehicular pollution from urban growth while poor sanitation and contaminated indoor air persist in low-income communities,” the report said.

On the other end of the scale, five nations in the Arabian Peninsula rank among the 10 countries in the world with the lowest death rates from pollution, with Qatar reporting the lowest.

Drawing its data from the Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation, which is based in Seattle and was founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the report broke risk factors into four categories: air, water, occupational, and lead.

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