A strong link
The European Environmental Agency cites a strong link between poor human health and environmental problems. One recent study indicates that as many as 60,000 deaths occur annually in large European cities from chronic exposure to air pollutants. That same report claims that children are most adversely affected, with one in seven suffering from asthma — an alarming increase from 30 years ago. Other sources contend that about 25-33% of diseases in industrialized countries are the result of environmental factors.