Human exposure to hazardous environmental pollutants
Pollution concerns related to human health cover all aspects of the physical environment -- air, water (rivers, lagoons and sea) and land, including the effects of climate change. Human activities which are sources of pollution arise from domestic, commercial, industrial and military sectors and their effects are influenced by various issues, trends and public sector programmes, such as safe water and food, management of waste, increasing use of chemicals in agriculture, and urbanization. Types of pollutants which are negatively impacting health include, litter, toxic chemicals, nuclear waste, lead, spoil from mining, food and water contaminants; and the polluting effects of over-population.
The inadequate handling of industrial, agricultural, and other wastes has contaminated air, water, across the northern hemisphere, creating massive potential health problems, lowering productivity, and pushing the absorption capacity of the environment beyond its limit. Vast quantities of chemical and biological weapons sit in faulty storage units. Competing demands on scarce resources, widespread corruption, low morale, and uncertainty about how to proceed suggest a bleak future.
Apart from bacterial and viral infections a central cause of the appalling ill health in Russia is the devastation wreaked on the environment in the race to become a nuclear superpower.