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Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being

Science  25 Jan 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5862, pp. 424-434
DOI: 10.1126/science.1153386
Table 1.

Contributors to global mortality in 2000, categorized by fundamental causes. Units in column three are millions of years of life lost to premature deaths in the year 2000 (= numbers of premature deaths in 2000 from the indicated cause × average loss of life expectancy per death from that cause). The categorization of fundamental causes and associated lost-life estimates are from WHO (5), except for “war and revolution”; that figure is the author's estimate for the 20th-century annual average, based on a UN figure of about 100 million conflict-related deaths in the 20th century (6) and the author's guess of 40 years of lost life expectancy per conflict-related death. Attributions of relevant “shortfalls and drivers” are the author's (7).

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