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Chapter 1 - Health Effects of Environmental Degradation

from Part I - The Health and Nonhealth Impacts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Yanzhong Huang
Affiliation:
Council on Foreign Relations and Seton Hall University
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This chapter looks at China’s environmental crisis and its impacts on public health. In examining the health impacts of air pollution, it highlights ambient PM.25 as the number one killer of all the risk factors for pollution-related mortality in China. Besides air pollution, water and soil pollution also has a significant and independent effect on people’s health. The health impact of pollution is further complicated by exposure to heavy metals such as arsenic and lead. The posited health effects of air, water, and soil pollution are epitomized in the phenomenon of cancer villages. Additional links between the environment and health, including trash and public health, pollution and mental health, pollution and sperm quality, and pollution and antibiotic resistance, are also examined.

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Toxic Politics
China's Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to the Chinese State
, pp. 25 - 53
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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