Pollution deaths

Numbers can be stifling and boggling, but more amazing (and depressing) than the fact that 40% of deaths, worldwide, are related to pollution, is the statement that some 57% of the world population is malnourished. Which is shocking to me, but not. More shocking, however, is that in 1950, the percentage was 20.

(via EurekAlert: “Pollution causes 40 percent of deaths worldwide” [13 Aug 2007])