According to the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health study results published on October, 1 out of 6 deaths in the world is caused by pollution in the year 2015 (Lancet, 2017). As the study estimates suggest, globally 9 million deaths were related to the pollution in some way. Pollution was also responsible for three times the combined deaths of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Moreover, pollution deaths were 15 times the deaths caused by war and all forms of violence.
Air pollution is by far responsible for the largest portion of premature deaths where 6.5 million of deaths is due to this form of pollution. Water pollution is linked to 1.8 million fatalities and workplace-related pollution has led to 0.8 million deaths.
Unsurprisingly pollution-related deaths in lower and middle-income countries account for 92% of the total pollution-related deaths. The United States and Russia are the only developed countries which are on the top ten list of pollution-related deaths.
Followings are the top ten countries in pollution deaths and the rankings were based on the percentage of pollution-related deaths from the total deaths of each country in the year 2015.
10. United States: 155,155 (5.7% of all deaths)
Smoggy Downtown Loss Angeles high-rise buildings, shortly after sunrise September 11, 2002