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    Almost 1 in 4 Die Due to Unhealthy Environment Globally Each Year – WHO

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    Nearly one in four of the total global deaths - some 12.6 million – happen every year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed in a report Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The environmental risk factors taken into account in compiling the statistics cited in the report include air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation.

    The largest share of deaths linked to unhealthy environments — two thirds — are from cardiovascular diseases (NCDs), such as stroke, heart illnesses, cancers and chronic respiratory disease, the report found.

    Deaths from infectious diseases, attributed to poor water, sanitation and waste management, have declined since the WHO’s previous report on the issue, published a decade ago. The report links the decline to an increase in access to essential medicines, safe water and sanitation globally.


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