Healthline News reports that nearly one in four deaths worldwide can be linked to unhealthy environments.
The World Health Organization (WHO) made that conclusion in a report they released early today. The agency said an estimated 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of living or working near unhealthy places.
Factors included air, water, and soil pollution. WHO also pointed at secondhand smoke, chemical exposure, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation.
They had of course had to mention second hand smoke even though it has not been clinically proven to harm anyone.