- In 2012 1.7 million deaths in children under five were attributable to the environment.
- These included 570 000 deaths from respiratory infections, 361 000 deaths from diarrhoea, 270,000 deaths from neonatal conditions, 200 000 deaths from malaria and 200 000 deaths from unintentional injuries.
- Environmental risks that children are particularly vulnerable to include air pollution, inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, hazardous chemicals and wastes, radiation, climate change as well as emerging threats like e-waste.
- Reducing environmental risks could prevent 1 in 4 child deaths.
These documents highlight the importance of reducing environmentally related health outcomes, and cite strategies for reducing the environmental impact on children of all ages, through creating safe and healthy environments.