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Dr. Michael Jerrett, Professor and Chair in FSPH's Department of Environmental Health Sciences was interviewed by BBC World News about a report from The Lancet Commission on pollution and health which estimates that pollution-related diseases accounted for nine million premature deaths worldwide in 2015. Dr. Jerrett was asked about accuracy of these figures in the BBC interview.
Dr. Jerrett goes on to explain that the figures are fairly accurate and based on well-founded science conducted by the Global Burden of Disease Project and the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that figures may even be an underestimation because there are many environmental health risks that haven't been fully quantified yet and if those were factored into the equation the numbers might be even higher.
According the Dr. Jerrett, The Lancet commission report provides a good roadmap for some of the steps that need to be taken to control pollution, including increasing the transfer of technologies and knowledge to low and middle income countries so they can better control pollution.
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