Pollution affects over a billion people around the world, with millions poisoned and killed each year. According to the World Heath Organization an estimated 25 percent of all deaths in the developing world can be attributed to factors like pollution, and exposure to pollution causes 40 percent of deaths annually.
It’s not just the pollution itself that kills. People affected by pollution problems are much more susceptible to contracting diseases as it damages their immune system and can potentially lead to other health problems as well. Pollution also causes chronic illness, neurological damage and shortened lifespan.
These effects are even more prevalent in children than adults, since they are more vulnerable. While children only make up 10 percent of the world’s population, over 40 percent of the global burden of disease falls on them. In fact, more than three million children under age five die annually from pollution.
Pollution is also a major contributing factor to climate change.
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