[NEWS] Air Pollution Costs $255 Billion A Year

– by Ben Barber, September 9, 2016, Huffington Post

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Worldwide air pollution caused 5.5 million deaths in 2013 from lung cancer stroke, bronchitis and other diseases — more than malaria or AIDS; And the cost of pollution-related illness and deaths is $255 billion in lost labor last year, the World Bank said in a new report on Sept 8.

One tenth of all deaths in 2013 came from air pollution, said the World Bank.

But the real cost is even higher – more than $5 trillion in 2013 a year – when the Bank economists included what they call “welfare costs” – the money people would be willing to pay to prevent an early death.

One in ten deaths around world is from air pollution, said the Bank’s report authors.

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