One in five Europeans killed by their environment

28 February 2012

According to a new report from the World Health Organization, one citizen out of five in Europe dies from environment-associated diseases

According to a new report from the World Health Organization, one citizen out of five in Europe dies from environment-associated diseases. The environmental burden differs significantly across Europe, however, and can be as high as 54% (one in two) in some parts, with the poor and the most disadvantaged exposed to environmental risks five times more often than their wealthier peers.

The report from the WHO Center on Environment and Health (ECEH) examining environmental health inequalities in Europe, found that interventions to tackle them need to be based on an assessment of their magnitude and on the identification of population groups that are most exposed or most vulnerable to environmental risks.

In a time of financial constraints, governmental budget cuts and growing socio-demographic inequalities, the report provides further evidence of the need for policy that tackles the unequal distribution of environmental health risks.

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