is the word pollution singular or plural ?
The confusion delivered when making these statement
"pollution makes money, disease makes opportunity"
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Pollution is definitely singular, much like other uncountable nouns, such as weather, love, information, water, furniture...
Perhaps one thing that confused you is whether "pollution" is an abstract or concrete concept: but in fact, both abstract concepts (like love) and concrete objects (like water) can be uncountable. Weather and pollution seem to me to be in a vague middle ground, since we could argue both ways.