By Paul Schmitt
A recent global study published last week in The Lancet medical journal shows that pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature deaths in the world. According to the USA Today, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health blames an estimated 9 million premature deaths on pollution. In 2015, pollution accounted for three times more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Door County environmentalist Wayne Kudick says current pullbacks on environmental regulations are not helping the situation in Wisconsin and United States.
Kudick says there seems to be an emerging and growing separation of science from environmental policy. He says Door County was able to control the era of cherry tree poisoning that was a problem for many years. The capacity to follow all current policies being set by the Department of Natural Resources and the new emerging technologies in chemistry is more difficult due to staffing cutbacks, according to Kudick. The Lancet study concludes that much of the pollution that the world faces can be eliminated with better science-based regulations, policies, monitoring, and enforcement.
Map from Clean Wisconsin of Toxic Air Protection Rollbacks is below: