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GAHP Report Renews Global Attention With Ranking of Pollution Deaths

GAHP Acting Executive Director Rachael Kupka talks to a reporter from the Voice of America about the “Pollution and Health Metrics” report.

“The report reminds us all that pollution is a global crisis. It does not matter where you live. Pollution will find you.”

— Rachael Kupka, Acting Executive Director, GAHP.

GAHP released a new report, “Pollution and Health Metrics: Global, Regional and Country Analysis,” in December 2019 that renewed global interest in the pollution crisis by updating findings from the 2017 Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health report, and providing a ranking of pollution deaths on a global, regional and country level.

The rankings were widely reported in over 200 news articles (from media outlets including AFP, the Guardian, NPR, the New York Times and Voice of America) that were shared over 18,000 times on social media platforms. In total, the report’s message achieved over 1 billion unique views. There was particularly strong interest in the regional data, with coverage coming out of the Balkans, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines,Vietnam and beyond.

Among the key findings:

With both wealthy and poor nations in the top ten ranking of countries with the most pollution deaths (the U.S. came in at #7), the report reiterated a key message – that pollution knows no borders and affects everyone.

Read the press release and download the full report.

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