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Pollution is one of the great existential challenges of the 21st century.Last October, we published a report that does just that. We found that pollution is responsible for 9 million deaths per year, or 16 percent of all deaths globally. In the most severely affected countries, pollution is responsible for more than one in four deaths.Nearly 92 percent of pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. In countries at every income level, disease caused by pollution is most prevalent among minorities, members of marginalized groups, and those who are otherwise vulnerable. Pollution is not some "necessary evil" that inevitably accompanies economic development.Reducing pollution thus creates enormous opportunities to boost economic growth, while – more importantly – protecting the lives and health of people worldwide.
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