Pollution 'responsible for growing number of deaths'

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A growing number of deaths worldwide are being attributed to pollution, according to a new study.

Led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the research linked pollution to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, with almost all of these occurring in low and middle-income countries, where pollution accounts for up to one-quarter of all deaths.

“Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015 by a new study.“

Bangladesh and Somalia were named as the worst-affected nations, while Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of pollution-related deaths. Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution.

The research demonstrated that the majority of these fatalities could be attributed to non-infectious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

In the UK, about eight percent of deaths were linked to pollution, placing Britain in 55th place out of the 188 countries measured.

Professor Philip Landrigan, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said: "Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge - it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing."

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