The Chief Medical Officer’s latest annual report summarises the latest emerging evidence about all types of pollution. The press release talks of four main topics:
- Pollution arising from healthcare.
- Pollution and health inequalities.
- Emerging pollution-related issues.
- Pollution measurement and communication of the likely risks.
The main sections in the main report cover:
- Pollution from the Health and Care System.
- 21st century chemicals.
- New horizons.
- Health economics of interventions to reduce pollution.
- Pollution and inequality.
- Environmental health – response to pollution.
- Pollution – data, surveillance and health impacts.
- Measurement and communication of health risks from pollution.
Note: One perhaps noteworthy omission from this report is any detailed examination of environmental prion contamination, there being little explicit mention of the human and animal prion diseases (vCJD and BSE / scrapie etc.).
Triggle, N. (2018). Public at risk from ‘daily cocktail of pollution’. London: BBC Health News, March 2nd 2018.
This relates to:
Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2017: Health impacts of all pollution – what do we know? London: Department of Health and Social Care, March 2nd 2018.
Possibly of interest:
Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem. London: BBC Science & Environment News / BBC Health News, December 10th 2017.
Microplastics in Bottled Water
Bottled water may contain an average of ten plastic particles (microplastics) per litre:
Shukman, D. (2018). Plastic particles found in bottled water. London: BBC Science & Environment News / BBC Health News, March 15th 2019.