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Environment and Human Health

1Fernando Pessoa University (UFP), UFP Energy, Environment and Health Research Unit, (FP-ENAS), Energy, Environment and Environmental & Public Health Research Laboratories, (3ERL), Praça de 9 de Abril 349, Oporto 4249-004, Portugal


Journal of Environment Pollution and Human Health. 2016, Vol. 4 No. 2, 52-59
DOI: 10.12691/jephh-4-2-3
Copyright © 2016 Science and Education Publishing

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Maria Alzira Pimenta Dinis. Environment and Human Health. Journal of Environment Pollution and Human Health. 2016; 4(2):52-59. doi: 10.12691/jephh-4-2-3.

Correspondence to: Maria  Alzira Pimenta Dinis, Fernando Pessoa University (UFP), UFP Energy, Environment and Health Research Unit, (FP-ENAS), Energy, Environment and Environmental & Public Health Research Laboratories, (3ERL), Praça de 9 de Abril 349, Oporto 4249-004, Portugal. Email: madinis@ufp.edu.pt

Abstract

The living environment role in the health of individuals evolves. The world changes and it is important to analyse the relevance of the environment to health at the light of different factors. Increasing evidence exists that human health is influenced by our way of living and dealing with the environment. In a society where inequalities exist, it becomes clear that a positive relation exists between a good living environment and people’s well-being. From the way we interact with each other through social contacts until the way we treat environment, with its consequences, all accounts to our well-being and mental and physical health. Social relationships are directly connected to a healthy environment and are a beneficial part of this equation, allowing persons to be healthier and to live longer. Clearly, a person’s individual characteristics plays a crucial role in these connections, since these relations do not constitute an exact science. It is essential to pay attention to the way emerging economies conduct their development, because it carries important responsibilities for the future of the next generation with adverse impacts caused by pollution and representing a threat to human health and well-being. The associations between environment as a whole and human health are very complex. However, some clues may enlighten us regarding some connections between both study areas.

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