Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, killing over eight million people a year, or three times those caused by malaria. And yet, pollution receives a fraction of the interest from the global community.
Sometimes called the invisible killer, pollution’s impact can be found in some key areas of risk. These include: dumping of chemicals, dirty water, exposure to toxic substances, indoor pollution. In many cases, simple preventive measures exist to reduce risks.
But adopting, implementing and enforcing pollution rules is difficult. Many see such measures as potentially hampering their industrial development. How can we convince politicians and business that health and safety are much more important in the long-term than any short-term gains from unfettered industry? Can the European Union’s experience on various environmental issues – like the circular economy, pollution and waste – help inform developing country policies?