Urban Planning, Environment and Health

"As the environments we inhabit affect our health, urban and transport designs that promote healthy living are needed"

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Director of Urban Planning, Environment and Health Inititative

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ISGlobal has created the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, that aims to apply rigorous scientific evidence, tools and indicators to promote sustainable and healthy urban development.

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  • Air pollution causes 7 million deaths per year - one in eight of total global deaths.
  • By 2050, almost 70% of people globally are projected to live in urban areas.
  • Cities can avoid 20% of premature deaths with better urban and transport planning.
  • Recent study shows that traffic pollution alters brain connectivity in school children.
  • Policies that stimulate active transportation (walking and bicycling) have been shown to produce significant health benefits.
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