Premature Deaths

Why do Some people die before the average age of death?

 

           Sustainability poster – Air pollution (https://flic.kr/p/C2Nkze) by Kevin Dooley

Premature death has many causes. pollution, especially in the air, is considered as the most cause of premature death. It is to blame for one to six premature deaths in the poorest population around the world. Other causes of premature death are injuries and suicide.

In 2015, Air pollution causes more than half of the global deaths which are occurred in India and China. “The number of deaths is about 9 million people”, the commission reports. You will be surprised if you know that “three times as many deaths as [from] AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined and 15 times as many deaths as [from] war and all forms of violence ” the report says.

In fact, there isn’t enough research to correctly gauge the effects of certain chemicals. So, this number is an underestimate.

Even though pollution has a role in disease, the report estimates that exposure to dirty water, air, and soil puts a more than $4.6 trillion drain on the global economy.

Joel Kaufman, of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, believes that decisions made in the health will save others life for a long-term, not just for today.

The health costs are enormous. In 2010, the cost of pollution in China was about US$1.4 trillion, and in India about US$500 billion.

Governments across the world should do their efforts to stop this pollution. If they don’t, the rate of deaths will double by 2050.

 

What About Australia?

In 2010, the increased mortality from air pollution occurred largely in major urban areas such as Sydney and Melbourne while air pollution from natural sources affected large areas of Australia. Sources of fine particle pollution in our cities include wood fire heating in winter, traffic, power generation (transported from other areas), and industry.

In Australian cities, we have relatively low levels of air pollution compared with many of the world’s major urban areas. Air quality in Australia has improved over the past few decades and rarely exceeds the national air quality standards.

But this should not be a cause for complacency, as there is no accepted “safe” in air quality, even within the national standards, will have beneficial health effects for everyone.

 

What Can Be Done?

To stop the air pollution, we must have focused on a mix of technological solutions, regulations, and policies, and encouraging behavioral change.

Switching to clean power sources such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, will help to reduce causes of air pollution. We should do our efforts to save our lives.

 

 

 


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