India ranked No. 1 in pollution related deaths

A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing China

"In 2015, the greatest numbers of deaths due to pollution occurred in India (2.5 million deaths) and China (1.8 million)", the study said.

Most of these deaths were caused by non-infectious diseases linked to pollution, such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

The next biggest cause is water pollution, leading to the spread of gastrointestinal diseases and parasitic infections, which have killed 1.8 million people.

Air pollution was found to be the biggest culprit around the world, followed by polluted water.

Nearly all these deaths occurred in low and middle income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths.

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"Pollution is more than an environmental challenge".

Finding on to solution, moulding in to integrating it into health planning, such as monitoring pollution and its effects, and developing ways to control pollution can also help to stop the death rate downwards.

Deaths caused by pollution topped 9 million in 2015, or three times the figure from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and nearly 15 times as many as war and other forms of violence, scientists say. In industrialized countries, such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Madagascar, air pollution contributes to a quarter of total deaths.

One in six premature deaths around the world are caused by pollution, the report claims.

Types of pollution associated with industrial development, such as ambient air pollution (including ozone), chemical, occupational pollution and soil pollution, have increased from 4.3 million (9.2 per cent) in 1990 to 5.5 million (10.2 per cent) in 2015 as countries reach higher levels of development.

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