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Pollution claims 1.8 million lives in China, latest research says

A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing China

India accounted for 28% of the 6.5 million air-pollution-linked deaths worldwide in 2015.

"Despite its substantial effects on human health, the economy, and the environment, pollution has been neglected, especially in low-income and middle-income countries, and the health effects of pollution are under-estimated in calculations of the global burden of disease".

A study just released has concluded that air, water and other types of pollution in India is so bad it may have killed more than 2.5 million people in 2015.

The report also attributed massive costs to pollution-related death, sickness and welfare, estimating the costs at some $4.6 trillion (€3.89 trillion) in annual losses - or about 6.2 percent of the global economy. The polluted water would be linked to 1.8 million deaths, for example through poor sanitation or contamination of the sources, causes of gastro-intestinal diseases and parasitic infections. Again, air pollution took the heaviest toll in India (1.81 million), followed by water (0.64 million).

According to the study, #Environmental Pollution is killing at least 9 million people annually. While the methodology in a growing body of research and the findings of various studies may be questioned as to their accuracy, it stands to reason that we must wake up as a nation if we do not desire to make the very living in the country a matter of life and death due to pollution. On the contrary, curbing pollution and implementing more stringent environmental laws in those countries will likely help them become more prosperous.

Researchers warned that nine million could be an underestimate of the true number of deaths due to pollution each year, as the link between pollution and certain diseases - like dementia or diabetes - is an area of emerging science. People who are sick or dead can not contribute to the economy. The commission also uncovered the economic costs of pollution to low-income and middle-income countries. The report quantifies the impact of unchecked pollution. Reducing pollution, improving people's well-being and ensuring economic growth requires coordinated effort by all. Before coming to the agency, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt sued the EPA to stop stricter regulations on the limits of allowable mercury and ozone from industry, and questioned the EPA's science on the relationship between methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and air pollution. Wehrum has questioned the consensus view on climate science, while Dourson has spent years working with chemical companies to argue for less protective standards for chemical and toxic control. "We know that they harm", he said, "but there is not enough analysis to be able to say how they impact the entire globe".