10 facts on preventing disease through healthy environments

Updated March 2016

An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 global deaths. Environmental risk factors such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

In March 2016, WHO published the second edition of the report, “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks”, which cites proven strategies for preventing disease and deaths through healthy environments.


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