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Notes from 1: Changes in the environment will influence health in the future. Three trends, the intensification of agriculture, industrialization, and rising energy use stand out in terms of their profound impact on the physical environment and their enormous potential to influence human health. By the year 2015, commercial energy use in China and India alone is expected to more than double as the result of population growth, economic growth, and consumer demand for modern products. In the past three decades, average per capita incomes have more than tripled. Although the developed countries account for the lion's share of this wealth, economic growth in developing countries has been growing nearly 3.5 percent per year during this period. This growth is expected to continue well into the middle of the next century. Such economic growth creates resources and opportunities for improving the quality of living conditions, which, of course, is essential to good health. Indeed, global health conditions have improved more in the past half century than in all of previous history, demonstrated through rising life expectancy and declining child mortality rates. Global economic growth has failed to alleviate poverty for a large share of the world's people. Despite an overall rising global economy, the absolute scale of poverty continues to grow. In some developing countries,
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