Environmental toxins killing 13 million children per year
August 24, 2007
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the most extensive research to date on the impacts of environmental toxins on children’s health. The report indicates that over 30% of childhood diseases can be linked to exposure to environmental toxins. According to WHO researchers, 13 million deaths could be prevented annually by improving the environment. The vulnerability of children is increased in degraded and poor environments. The report states that due to environment-related diseases, one in five children in the poorest parts of the world will not live longer than their fifth birthday.