Umweltverschmutzung ist tödlicher als Krieg

Letzte Woche wurde ein Bericht der Gesundheitsorganisation Lancet über den globalen Impact der Umweltverschmutzung veröffentlicht und die Ergebnisse sprechen für sich: Umweltverschmutzung ist verantwortlich für den Tod von 9 Millionen Menschen im Jahr 2015, 16% aller Verstorbenen, die allermeisten (92%) in armen Ländern. Das ist mehr als alle Kriege und Gewaltverbrechen des Jahres zusammengenommen. Aber, hier die wortwörtliche Money-Quote: „Every dollar invested in air pollution control generates thirty dollars of benefits.“ Someone tell Goldenboy.

Phys.org: Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger
GAHP.net: The Lancet Commission On Pollution And Health

“In 2015, diseases caused by air, water and soil pollution were responsible for 9 million premature deaths, that is 16% of all global death. Exposures to contaminated air, water and soil kill more people than smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war, AIDS, or malaria.”

Nearly all of these deaths (92%) took place in poorer nations. In wealthier nations that have worked to reduce pollution, the benefits of pollution control far outweigh the costs. According to this Commission, the global financial costs of pollution are huge, totaling “$4.6 trillion per year—6.2% of global economic output”. The study reported that in the United States, air pollution control pays off at a rate of 30-1. Every dollar invested in air pollution control generates thirty dollars of benefits. Since 1970 the U.S. has invested about $65 billion in air pollution control and received about $1.5 trillion in benefits.