"Healthy Environment, Healthy People"

Today, the UN Environment Programme released a report entitled "Healthy Environment, Healthy People," for the annual meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).  The report describes that environmental harm causes almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths every year as result from conflicts.  In addition, environmental effects are responsible for more than 25% of the deaths of children under the age of 5.  UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, "By depleting the ecological infrastructure of our planet and increasing our pollution footprint, we incur an ever-growing cost in terms of human health and well-being. From air pollution and chemical exposure to the mining of our natural resource base, we have compromised our life support systems."