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UN report: environmental damage leads to massive health problems

Nairobi - According to a UN report, our planet's environment is in such a bad state that human health is increasingly threatened. "Either we drastically improve environmental protection, or millions of people will die prematurely in cities and regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa by the middle of the century," said a United Nations study published today in Nairobi.

The report gave a number of examples of this: By 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections would probably be the largest cause of death worldwide. In order to avoid this, many more people must have access to inexpensive wastewater treatment technologies. The use of antibiotics in humans and in agriculture must be controlled much more closely, it said.

The report also identified issues such as plastic littering the oceans, animal habitat fragmentation and air pollution. All of this leads to a "mass extinction of species". So the earth could slowly no longer meet the needs of the people, it was said. "The science is clear: the health and prosperity of mankind are directly linked to the state of our environment," said the head of the UN environmental program, Joyce Msuya. Politicians now have to choose a new way of sustainable development.

According to the company, the GEO-6 report is the most detailed environmental study by the United Nations in the last five years. According to this, 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries worked on it. It was published as part of the five-day UN environmental conference, which is taking place in Nairobi until Friday. © dpa / aerzteblatt.de