A Moment of Silence For The 7 Million Souls We Lost to Air Pollution This Year

Reflections on the blind eyes turned towards this humanitarian catastrophe

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Let’s take this metaphor for a spin

Tumbling into the industrial era, dazzled and disoriented, mankind soon found itself stalked by an unfamiliar, new predator. One its evolutionary history had not prepared it to fend against. This vaporous angel of death it dubbed Air Pollution. Wrapping itself around modern cities, like infected bandages around open wounds, its death toll soon eclipsed those of war, murder, terrorism, and traffic accidents, combined.

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The vaporous angel of death, known as Air Pollution, prying on mankind
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Mother trying to shield her daughter from the havoc of Air Pollution
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Artistic rendition of the “Asian Brown Cloud”: The deadliest entity on our planet

What would it take to solve this crisis?

On one level, the solutions are self-evident. Wave the magic wands of regulations and public spending, and this demon will be cast away forever: The equivalent of an annual Holocaust is averted, global average lifespan increases by two years, and trillions of dollars are added to the global economy.

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Pedestrians, desperately fending of attacks by Air Pollution
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