World Bank says Pollution kills 460,000 Chinese a year
For a while now I have known that the number of people that develop lung cancer in China by living in a densely populated metropolis area was high. This is an article I read at the environmental news network about the horrible pollution in China. I have known the numbers were bad, but according to a study conducted by the World Bank, 460,000 Chinese people die pre-maturely from breathing polluted air and drinking dirty water!
This is an insane amount of people, and one would think that the government is trying to do something about it. These numbers are so mouth dropping that the Chinese government itself begged for the study not to be released for fear of social unrest by the people. The study goes on to estimate the costs due to respiratory problems from breathing outdoor pollution and from diarrhea and cancer problems from drinking polluted water. These costs are outrageous.
“The World Bank is also concerned by indoor air pollution, principally breathing in fumes from coal-burning stoves and cooking oil. Its experts estimate that as many as 300,000 Chinese a year die prematurely in this way.”
Hearing stories like these saddens me. I don’t know if there is much we can do except urge the environmental movement to keep on raising awareness of the dangers of pollution.
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