The World Bank released an alarming report earlier this month detailing the costs of air pollution around the world in lives lost and economic opportunity wasted.
Among the findings -- air pollution is now the fourth leading risk factor for deaths worldwide, with 1 in 10 deaths related to exposure to bad air. These deaths also impact families who lose loved ones and the household income they earn. In 2013 alone, the World Bank estimated $225 billion in lost labor income due to premature deaths from air pollution worldwide.
The World Bank is admirably shining light on the impact of air pollution. So you might be surprised by the dirty little secret the Bank doesn’t disclose in its report:
In 2015, the World Bank Group financed more than $2 billion in oil, gas, and coal projects.
Tell World Bank President Jim Kim: Stop financing fossil fuels!