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New Website for the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development

Commission website grabThe new Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development now has a website at www.CommissionOnPollution.org

Launched in October, the Commission brings together world leaders and key experts in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development. Like the Stern Review on “The Economics of Climate Change” which brought the issue of climate change to the fore, the Commission report, due to be published in The Lancet next year, may be the game-changer the world needs to wake up to this global crisis of toxic pollution. Data from 2012 shows that pollution killed one in seven people worldwide.  This is the largest cause of death in low and middle income countries.

“We need to dispel the myth that pollution is inevitable. In fact, pollution is a problem that can be solved in our lifetime,” said Commission co-chairman Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth.

The Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with coordination from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank.

Why do we need a Commission on Pollution?  This editorial published in The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious and widely read medical journals, explains the urgent need for the Commission.

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