Environmental Issues And Resulting Diseases Essay

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Environmental Issues and Resulting Diseases
Death from environmental issues according to the World Health Organization (2009) in Bulgaria manifests themselves in lung cancers, other cancers, neuropsychiatric disorders, cardiovascular disorders, and musculoskeletal diseases. The worst manifestation is in musculoskeletal diseases. Bulgaria has one of the highest percentages in the world in this cause of death. The causes of these environmental issues come from water and air pollution created mostly by industry. In 1972 the environment was becoming a huge issue. Contamination began in 1960 when industrialization hit Bulgaria. By 1972 a very large percentage of all water sources were contaminated thus causing the soil to become contaminated as well.
These issues were not seriously addressed until the overthrow of Zhivkov in 1989. In April 1990, the Ministry of Public Health of Bulgaria declared many major Bulgarian cities as ecologically endangered. Forty years of industrial environmental irresponsibility was not easy to reverse or remedy. Fixing these problems was also very costly but the economy at this time was shaky at best. Asking chemical plants and copper smelters to upgrade their awareness to the environment would further damage the Bulgarian economy. In addition to these industries, 20 percent of the country’s electric power came from a radiation emitting nuclear power plant and Bulgaria was still dealing with fallout from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.…

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