EEA publishes assessment on health and the environment
On 8 September 2020, the European Environment Agency (EEA) released a major assessment on health and the environment called "Healthy Environment, Healthy Lives: How the environment influences health and well-being in Europe".
According to the EEA, poor quality environments contribute to one in every eight deaths of Europeans. Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic provides a stark example of the complex links between the environment, our social systems, and our health. A significant proportion of the burden of disease in Europe continues to be attributed to environmental pollution resulting from human activity, according to the EEA report. The report, which draws extensively on World Health Organisation data on the causes of death and disease, highlights how the quality of Europe's environment plays a key role in determining our health and well-being. It shows how social deprivation, unhealthy behaviours and shifting demographics in Europe influence environmental health, with the most vulnerable hardest hit.
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