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SACRIFICING THE POOR The Lancet on ‘pollution’

January 17, 2018
By Mikko Paunio

This study shows a pair of influential reports published in The Lancet, grossly misstate the health effects of air pollution, threatening to devastate public health in the developing world.

This study by Mikko Paunio, adjunct professor in general epidemiology at the University of Helsinki, shows a pair of widely cited reports published in the medical journal, The Lancet, grossly misstate the health effects of air pollution, threatening to devastate public health in the developing world. In an effort to bolster support for international action to prematurely close coal-fired power plants, The Lancet published studies claiming 9 million deaths each year are attributable to air pollution from power plants. However, almost all these deaths are in reality attributable to poverty and malnutrition including diseases tied to poor water quality or indoor air quality from the burning of biomass, including animal dung.

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