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Environnement, Risques & Santé


L’exposition des citadins aux espaces bleus réduit-elle la mortalité ? Investigations au Canada et en Australie Volume 18, issue 4, July-August 2019



This news is based on the following articles:

Crouse DL, Balram A, Hystad P, et al. Associations between living near water and risk of mortality among urban Canadians. Environ Health Perspect 2018 ; 126(7) : 077008. doi : 10.1289/EHP3397

Zijlema WL, Stasinska A, Blake D, et al. The longitudinal association between natural outdoor environments and mortality in 9218 older men from Perth, Western Australia. Environ Int 2019 ; 125 : 430-6. doi : 10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.075


This large-scale Canadian study of a sparsely explored field suggests important beneficial effects of living near water (“blue spaces”) by linking residential exposure to lower death rates from non-accidental and six specific causes. Conversely, a study of a cohort of older men living in Perth, in western Australia, shows no obvious relation between natural spaces – green or blue – and mortality.