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WHO Provides Connection between Environmental Health and Personal Health

As a part of an effort to underscore the impact of theoretical issues, such as climate change and pollution, on personal health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report detailing the number of deaths that can be attributed to living or working in an unhealthy environment.

The WHO report indicates that nearly one in four of all deaths globally can be attributed to living or working in an unhealthy environment. Pollution-related illnesses and deaths adversely affect children and the elderly, as well as citizens of low- or middle-income countries that serve as manufacturing hubs. Nearly two-thirds of all deaths caused by unhealthy environments can be attributed to non-communicable diseases, including heart disease and cancer which are related to pollution.  Infectious diseases, caused by poor water, sanitation and waste management make up the remaining one-third of environmental health-related deaths, but are on the decline. That is not to say that the Americas are risk-free; 847,000 deaths in North and South America can be attributed to environmental factors. The same factors that contribute to these deaths also play a role in the rising rate of diseases like asthma in the United States.

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Number of Global Deaths Annually Linked to the Environment (WHO)



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