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Hello from Pure Earth and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution! We are working on a landmark report on the impact of pollution around the globe. Authored by 50 expert researchers and policymakers, the Global Commission on Pollution + Health will publish a report in The Lancet in the spring of 2017. The report will document the combined disease burden from air, water and soil pollution, calculate the economic impact, and examine the disproportionate harm pollution causes children and pregnant women. The report will also present a range of proven solutions to address the global pollution crisis, and call for increased investment in pollution control from national governments, foundations and the international community.
The research team has concluded from looking at all forms of pollution, that it is the leading cause of death in the world, stealing almost 10 million lives a year, 92% of those deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries.
And this is still an underestimation because accurate data is missing from many severely effected countries.
That is where you and the map come in. This is an early prototype and we will be adding more data layers as they become available. Your reporting, telling your story, can help fill in those holes and bring an understanding of the human experience that gets lost in the numbers. Go to the Tell Your Pollution Story page, fill it out, upload your pictures then click the social media share button and invite your friends to do the same.
These entries will be shared with national and world leaders during report briefing events in New York, London, Delhi, Brussels, Mexico City and more to be announced.
Let's make the invisible, hidden nature of water, soil, chemical and air pollution in poor communities, visible, so together #wecanfightpollution.