Industrial Chemicals

Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015

 

A recent report has revealed that pollution led to more than 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, or 1 in 6 deaths that year. Air pollution, the worst culprit, was linked to 6.5 million heart-and lung-related deaths according to the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Water pollution was tied to 1.8 million deaths, mostly from gastrointestinal and parasitic infections. And workplace-related pollution and lead pollution also played a role, contributing to 800,000 deaths and 500,000 deaths, respectively.

Could a Daily Vitamin Curb Smog's Effect on the Heart?

Every year air pollution is responsible for the premature deaths of over 3.7 million people worldwide, particularily because of its destructive effects on the cardiovascular system, and it is hence thought to be the primary cause for heart attacks. Most populations exposed to concentrated air pollution are often associated with increased heart attacks, lung cancer, DNA mutations, and premature births and deaths.

Chemicals Found in Many U.S. Streams

A recent test conducted on 38 U.S. streams has revealed the presence of over 350 chemicals in water supplies all across the nation. Even the most remote streams that remained untouched by developments contained at least one of the chemicals tested for, and some even carried up to 162. The effects of these chemicals is yet to be determined; however, many could be potentially detrimental to aquatic lifeforms, human health, and the overall food chain as a whole.

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