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Environmental pollution – from filthy air to contaminated water – is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world.The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report says, costing some $4.6 trillion in annual losses – or about 6.2 percent of the global economy.Experts say the 9 million premature deaths the study found was just a partial estimate, and the number of people killed by pollution is undoubtedly higher and will be quantified once more research is done and new methods of assessing harmful impacts are developed.Soil pollution has received scant attention.One out of every four premature deaths in India in 2015, or some 2.5 million, was attributed to pollution. China's environment was the second deadliest, with more than 1.8 million premature deaths, or one in five, blamed on pollution-related illness, the study found.It is most often the world's poorest who suffer, the study found.In wealthier countries where overall pollution is not as rampant, it is still the poorest communities that are more often exposed, the report says.
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