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Air Pollution Is Becoming More Dangerous

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  • Nine million premature deaths were caused by pollution in 2015, which is 16 percent of deaths worldwide
  • The majority of deaths — 6.5 million — were caused by airborne contaminants
  • Both indoor air pollution, particularly from household cooking and burning wood for heat, and outdoor pollution, including from coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions, were problematic
  • Certain nutrients, including omega-3 fats and B vitamins, may buffer some of the health effects of air pollution

By Dr. Mercola

Pollution has been named the "largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today" by a collaboration of more than 40 researchers looking at data from 130 countries. The study, published in The Lancet, revealed that 9 million premature deaths were caused by pollution in 2015, which is 16 percent of deaths worldwide — "three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence," the researchers wrote.


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