24 Mar Africa: Global Health Challenged By Toxic Pollutants
Charissa Sparks, AllAfrica.com
Most often caused by small businesses and mining, toxic threats are endangering the lives of 100 million people worldwide. These pollutants are largely overlooked, even though they cause significant harm to humans.
“The global health impacts of toxic pollutants are much worse than previously thought,” Adam Koniuszewski, Chief Operating Officer at Green Cross International, told MediaGlobal.
Previous estimates for the amount of people affected have been conservatively low, mainly because side effects can be slow to manifest and experts are uncertain as to the exact part pollution plays in the global health burden of disease.