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Lauren McCauley – Making Case for Clean Air, World Bank Says Pollution Cost Global Economy $5 Trillion

Air pollution is the fourth-leading cause of premature deaths worldwide and the problem only continues to worsen, but governments have been reluctant to make the dramatic changes necessary to curb polluting industries in favor of cleaner alternatives. In an effort to strengthen the case for action, the World Bank along with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at …

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Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability

Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 as healthy life expectancy grows; ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections, and stroke cause the most health loss around the world. People around the world are living longer, even in some of the poorest countries, but a complex mix of fatal and nonfatal ailments causes a tremendous amount …