The most comprehensive study to date linked 9 million deaths each year to the effects of pollution. Be it in the air, soil, water, this invisible threat might end the human society as we know it.
Toxicity seems to have infiltrated everyone. It is there when people breath, when they drink water, when they work. The culprit for this widespread poison is pollution. Each year, one in six persons across Earth die because of it.
The Deadliest Pollution Subcategory Is Outdoor Air Quality
The Lancet Commission was in charge of this paper which is the most thorough research on this topic ever officially recorded. The team analyzed all the existing data there are about the topic of pollution. Most of the reports were found under the World Health Organization ownership, but there were other official sources consulted as well.
The resulted image is made of a compendium of conclusions all solid studies that were conducted to date reached. Scientists took not only the toll pollution took on health care into consideration but also the economic ramifications of this lurking invisible threat.
One of the main conclusions was that the pollution encompassed heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and any other widespread illnesses with the power to affect the global human population. The most lethal subcategory is outdoor air pollution. Vehicle and industrial sectors are the main agents that make this toxic condition even deadlier. Each year 4.5 million individuals develop health complications due to the low quality of the air they breathe and eventually lose their life.
The second biggest killer is water pollution mostly related to sewage. This negative health agent triggers parasitic infections, gastrointestinal diseases, and other diseases that cause 1.8 million deaths per year.
This Invisible Threat Costs Global Economy a Total of $4.5 Trillion a Year
Interestingly enough, the study tries to collapse one of the vile concepts that capitalism perpetuates. It is expensive to change all companies to become ecological.
Numerous people claimed that solving the pollution issue would only drag the economy down. Therefore, nations don’t afford to change their industry. However, the new study showed otherwise.
The research estimates that the global economy has to cover $4.5 trillion a year to cover the damages of pollution. This amount equals 6% of global GDP that is exhausted each year due to lack of proactive measures. Therefore, it would be more moneywise to solve pollution than to let things as they are.
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