In what ways does environmental health improve human health?



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    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poor environmental stewardship accounts for as much 25% of the disease burden worldwide.  Poor environmental health lends itself to the formation and spread of diseases such as diarrhea, lower respiratory infections, and malaria.  While these are not as much of a problem in developed countries, they face their own problems from industrialization. 

    Developed countries pollute the environment by burning fossil fuels which create poor air quality and leads to diseases such as asthma; even more serious, areas with high levels of industrial pollutants have shown links to higher incidences of cancer. 

    Problems like these can be avoided when we take the environment’s best interest into mind.  All of the above examples are avoidable simply by improving the health of the environment.

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    Since I live in Southern California, air pollution and smog is a serious health problem. When I was growing up, we had “smog days,” where we couldn’t run around and play outside. The levels of smog were so severe that it actually could be smelled and tasted in the air; it was rather disgusting. However, the smog levels have gotten better since then, and I hope that they continue to improve. 

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    If there was less smoke and pollution in the air there would be less ashtma attacks and allergies because it would be better air to breathe. If people would stop eating all this processed and artificial foods there will be less people with diabetes and overweight. plain and simple

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    I cannot think of a single action that improves the environment that would not in some way benefit human health (of course, this is not the only reason we should protect the environment, but it helps to know). Chemicals that harm the water, soil, and air quality can get into out food, water supply, and lungs. Smog, as others have mentioned is an example, but here are some more:

    1. Mercury in fish can make their way into our bodies when we eat them. Harmful methylmercury gets into waters in a variety of ways, one being chemical dumps.
    2. The destruction of the ozone layer due to carbon released from human activities like the burning of fossil fuels makes our bodies (especially eyes and skin) more susceptible to harmful UVB from the sun. 
    3. Organic, fair-trade, and sustainable food practices benefit the environment and humans by ensuring that food is produced in such a way that it is produced and transported responsibly both in terms of chemicals and pesticide use, protecting biodiversity, and preventing over harvesting. Often these practices lead to higher standards for workers, and food that is free of harmful chemicals. (see for more information.)
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