Health effects of pollution costlier than estimated

Environmental health campaigners have called for a major rethink of European policy after new research found the economic cost of pollution could be much higher than previously thought

Environmental health campaigners have called for a major rethink of European policy after new research found the economic cost of pollution could be much higher than previously thought.

In a paper published in Environmental Health, Philippe Grandjean and Martine Bellanger calculated that the cost of environmental chemical exposures could be more than 10% of global GDP.

Researchers from Harvard University, the University of Southern Denmark and the EHESP School of Public Health in France concluded that current calculations using disability-adjusted life year (DALY) “substantially underestimate the economic costs associated with preventable environmental risk factors”.

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