Globally, air pollution kills more people every year than polluted water, car accidents and guns. The same is true for Utah. From a public health perspective air pollution is far deadlier than car accidents and gunshot wounds combined. Look at these numbers:
U.S. Deaths in 2014 from car accidents: 32,675
U.S. Deaths in 2014 from guns: about 30,000
U.S. Deaths in 2014 from air pollution: about 200,000
Where is the outrage?
The problem is when someone dies from a gunshot wound or car accident, the cause is obvious, but with air pollution, death usually creeps up insidiously and ambiguously… Essentially no one ends up in the morgue with a toe tag that says died of air pollution. Instead cause of death is listed as heart attack, asthma, lung disease, stroke, SIDS, and cancer. But the result is the same. Someone who was loved is no longer with those they love.
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