One in every eight deaths in the EU before the impact of COVID-19 — over 630,000 deaths per year— can be attributed to environmental stressors, such as air and noise pollution or the impacts of climate change. These environmental threats are linked to a wide range of mainly non-communicable diseases, which include cancers, cardiovascular diseases, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as mental, behavioural and neurological disorders. A European Environment Agency report maps the environmental burden on health across the EU. It concurs and aligns with much of the evidence and “Triple Win” recommendations of the INHERIT research consortium on health, equity and environment, which EuroHealthNet has coordinated.
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