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The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year

date: 2017 Mar 06


More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new reports from the World Health Organization.

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