Environment may affect health more than thought

According to professor Jacqueline McGlade from European Environment Agency, environmental exposure may play a more significant role in causing disease than previously thought.

Current figures show that two to five percent of European mortality is attributable to environmental factors. According to the executive director of the European Environment Agency (EEA) professor Jacqueline McGlade, present methods of analysis and research on links between environment and health may, however, not be sufficient and the impact of environment may be higher than expected.

She also pointed out that “multi-causality and complexity are often neglected in research looking at connections between environment and health, which is in part due to the sheer complexity of these realities”. In order to be realistic, research needs to address these complexities, added Professor McGlade.

The EEA and the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) together will, over the next two years, carry out futher research on connections between environmental factors and development of particular diseases.

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