Indian Country 52 #44 – Pollution is killing Me
“Pollution kills more people around the world than war and infectious diseases, says a new report — proof, environmental lobbyists say, of why Canada needs enforceable national air quality standards.
The Lancet medical journal study released Thursday says at least nine million people died around the globe in 2015 because of pollution. Almost half of those deaths occurred in India and China, nine out of 10 were in low and middle-income countries, and those most affected came from marginalized and poor communities, the report found.
Air, soil and water pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals killed three times more people than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined and 15 times more people than war and violence, it concludes.”
– National Post, Pollution more deadly than smoking, AIDS and war, new report says.
“The report did not give Canada an entirely glowing review, highlighting pockets of concern in northern Alberta and Ontario that negatively impact First Nations communities through oil and natural gas exploration and production as well as chemical manufacturing.
Fuller said Canada’s admirable rank among the nations whose collective health is least affected by pollution should not be misinterpreted as proof that Canadians are immune to the consequences of environmental damage.
“These toxins, they don’t respect political boundaries. They travel the air and waters of the world,” he said. “As much as 20 percent of pollution in Los Angeles is coming from coal fields in China.””
– CTV News, Why do missing Native American women go unreported?.
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