16 April 2012

How can the environment make you sick?

We've always been exposed to environmental risk, but the more complex our technology becomes, and the more development encroaches on nature, so new and growing threats arise.

Throughout history, humans have been exposed to environmental risk: natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, extremes of heat and cold, and naturally occurring poisons.

Other threats are more insidious, and may take many years before their effects become apparent. We are exposed to numerous chemical pollutants in the air, water and the food we eat, and to radiation from electrical appliances, radioactive substances and UV rays – which are increasingly implicated in raised risk for illnesses like cancer, and reproductive and developmental problems.


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