Worse off disproportionally affected by air pollution and poor environment
European Environment Agency, Europe’s environmental watchdog, has released a report.
Environmental factors inflict greater damage on the health of those in poverty.
Poverty often goes together with living in poor environmental conditions and poor health.
Air pollution causes 400,000 premature deaths in Europe each year.
Noise pollution, which contributes to 12,000 premature deaths a year and raises stress levels.
They are also likely to have less access to green and blue (riversides, lakes, coast) spaces.
Countries with less social inequality and cleaner environments showed improved health.
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European Environment Agency (EEA) - Agency of the European Union (EU) which provides independent information on the environment.