THE UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
POLLUTION/RD/HD-WORLD INTRODUCTION PAGE
pollution, resource depletion,
AND HABITAT DESTRUCTION : world
Over the last three decades there has been increasing global concern over the public health impacts attributed to environmental pollution, in particular, the global burden of disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about a quarter of the diseases facing mankind today occur due to prolonged exposure to environmental pollution. Most of these environment-related diseases are however not easily detected and may be acquired during childhood and manifested later in adulthood.