EDITION: US | UK | Canada
Thecapitalpost.com - Breaking, International, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Technology and Video NewsThecapitalpost.com - Breaking, International, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Technology and Video News
Sign In|Sign Up
 
 
Bridging The Gap
Unhealthy environment a factor in millions of deaths worldwide
  Tuesday 15 March, 2016
Unhealthy environment a factor in millions of deaths worldwide

Living or working in an unhealthy environment caused almost one-quarter of all deaths worldwide in 2012, a report made public Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO) found.

In that year, about 12.6 million people died due to human-caused environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposure, climate change and ultraviolet radiation, the study found.

Environmental hazards and risks wield "a devastating impact" on global health, the report said.

“A healthy environment underpins a healthy population,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, in a statement. “If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young,” she said.

Environmental risks are deadliest for young children and older people, the report said, with children under five and adults aged 50 to 75 years most imperiled. Yearly, 1.7 million children under five and 4.9 million adults aged 50 to 75 deaths could be prevented through better environmental management.

Geographically, the report said Asia had the largest environment-related disease burden. This includes countries such as China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Second-hand smoke was considered one of the causes of the deadly air pollution. “Cigarette smoking is an enormous problem in developing countries,” said Dr. Norman H. Edelman, a senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association.

Although smoking rates have declined in developed countries such as the USA, he said rates are rising in developing nations.

Climate change could also be increasing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, Edelman said. “As temperatures become warmer, it creates a more welcoming environment for mosquitoes.”

"The main message emerging from this new comprehensive global assessment is that premature death and disease can be prevented through healthier environments," the report concludes.

Source: USAtoday.com

Bookmark and Share
 
Post Your Comments:
Name :
*
City / State:
*
Email address:
*
Type your comments:
*
Enter Security Code:   


 Latest News »
 
  Donald Trump golfs with Rush L...
  Donald Trump to campaign in Wi...
  Trump celebrates Fox Business ...
  Trump-Kim summit: Fact checkin...
  Trump says U.S., China reach d...
  Trump touts economy, criminal ...
  California sues Trump over nat...
  Donald Trump declares national...
  Read President Trump's full St...
  Trump: I will wait until 'Shut...
  Trump imposes new travel restr...
  Trump says will unveil overhau...
  House Democrats will move to r...
  Donald Trump rejects Democrati...
  Trump aides call on Democrats ...
  Trump plans to visit U.S.-Mexi...
  President Trump tells 7-year-o...
  Trump rejects Senate bill to a...
  Trump signs executive order gi...
  Trump approves additional fina...
 

Washington, DC

  ©2010 The Capital Post. All rights reserved.