According to a report published by The lancet on the 19th of October 2017, about nine million deaths were linked to pollution globally in 2015. This pollution covered air, water and soil pollution; mainly in the form of chemicals and particles.
Of the 9 million, air pollution was responsible for about 6.1 million deaths while water pollution was responsible for 1.8 million deaths.
Air pollution is linked to heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.
The low and middle income countries are most affected; the poor and marginalized are most vulnerable. In these countries such as China, India, Pakisstan, Madagascar and Kenya which are rapidly industrilising, one in every four untimely deaths is due to poluution; the report says.
The report recommends anti-pollution regulations to curb the situation as this has worked in the developed countries which experienced similar pollution levels in the 60’s and 70’s.