Environmental Issues Threaten Health, Development Gains, WHO DG Chan Says

Global Health NOW: “The Most Important Endangered Species?” Humans.
“Nearly a quarter of all deaths worldwide are linked to environmental issues. That’s 12.6 million deaths every year, according to WHO. ‘Human beings really are the most important endangered species,’ said Margaret Chan, WHO’s outgoing director general. The ‘harsh reality’ is that the world is losing its capacity to sustain human life, and the health sector cannot provide all the solutions, Chan told an audience of more than 200 during a May 26 technical briefing on health and the environment at the World Health Assembly…” (Simpson, 5/29).

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