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16% of deaths worldwide linked to pollution

A cyclist pedals through the smog in New Delhi, India, on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Photo: Manish Swarup / AP

Pollution was responsible for about 9 million deaths around the world in 2015, according to a new study commissioned by The Lancet. That's "three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence," epidemiologist Philip Landrigan and his collaborators wrote.