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Humans are partial to bad news.When I published "The Skeptical Environmentalist" in 2001, I pointed out that the world was getting better in many respects. Since I wrote the book, the world has only become better, according to many important indicators.As the world developed, deaths from air pollution have declined dramatically, and that trend is likely to continue. Looking at a polluted city in a country like China might suggest otherwise, but the air inside the homes of most poor people is about 10 times more polluted than the worst outdoor air in Beijing.The most serious environmental problem for humans is indoor air pollution from cooking and heating with dirty fuels like wood and dung – which is the result of poverty.While other U.S. policies and tweets by President Donald Trump get far more coverage, the current administration's rejection of free trade could be the biggest tragedy.Humanity's success in reducing poverty is an extraordinary achievement and one that we are far too reticent about acknowledging.
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