Pollution a health issue, not just an environment problem: Experts

Pollution a health issue, not just an environment problem: Experts
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NEW DELHI: Pollution should be seen as a serious health issue, rather than just as an environmental problem, according to experts who today called for immediate action to reduce the impact of pollution on people's well being.

In a briefing on the findings of the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health held here today, researchers highlighted the huge economic burden and health costs that pollution poses for India as well as countries around the world.

"We tend to look at pollution as an environmental problem, rather than a health problem," said Karti Sandilya, one of the authors of the Lancet study.

The Commission had last month published a report which found that pollution caused over nine million deaths worldwide in 2015 - accounting for 16 per cent of the deaths worldwide.

The report found that India had the world's highest number of deaths due to air, water and other forms of pollution in 2015.

Pollution killed as many as 2.5 million people in India, highlighting that pollution disproportionately affects the poor.

Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, noted that the series of international studies published in the last few years, only serves to reinforce the high impact of environmental pollution on mortality and morbidity in India.

"The country wakes up only if something happens in Delhi," said Ramesh, who ...

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