Pollution is known to be harmful for your health. One in every six deaths worldwide are caused by pollution. That’s an estimate of 9 million people. According to a 2015 study published in the medical journal The Lancet, pollution kills three times more people every year than tuberculosis and AIDS combined.
The World Health Organization says that pollution is the biggest cause of death, resulting in diseases such as heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. Bangladesh and Somalia were the most affected by pollution. In the United States, between 7,500 and 52,000 die from pollution due to power plant emissions.
Pollution is estimated to cost $4.6 trillion a year. Dr. Philip Landrigan, a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, said, “We always hear ‘We can’t afford to clean up pollution’ – I say we can’t afford not to clean it up.”
The study also said that water pollution kills 1.8 million people from parasitic diseases and atmospheric air. Cars and other types of transportation, cause 4.5 million deaths every year. For expecting mothers, children exposed to pollution in utero can have a chance of developing obesity, a low I.Q. and a variety of disorders.
Richard Fuller, president of the nonprofit Pure Earth, told CBS News that the world needs to listen since pollution is a global crisis that needs to be solved.