In the pollution fight, humanity loses at least nine million lives every year, which disproportionately hits poor countries. That’s the main conclusion of the most comprehensive study ever conducted about the effects of industrial and vehicular pollution, which warns us that this global crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies.”
The report by the Commission on Pollution and Health recently published by The Lancet also concluded that toxic pollution — including that from coal, oil, and fracked gas — costs humanity $4.3 trillion annually, 6 percent of the world’s GDP. This constitutes an unbearable burden for emerging economies throughout the world, including Latin America. But the situation may be much worse.
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