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Pollution and the English Language

You wouldn’t know it from all the perpetual doom and gloom in our media and culture, but we have nearly eradicated pollution in the United States. So much so that most Americans are blissfully unaware of how severely polluted the world was for all of human history up to the time of our grandparents.
The great Julian Simon reminded us in his classic The Ultimate Resource that the greatest pollution killers have been all but forgotten:
“A century ago, most people in the U.S. died of environmental pollution - that is, from infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and ...

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