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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

1) Caused or produced by human activity. For example sulfate aerosols which are present in the troposphere due to the industrial emission of sulfur dioxide are called anthropogenic. (WHO 2003)2) Pertaining to or involving the impact of humans (Symons et al. 2000)

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

Industrial emissions (e.g., mining operations, manufacturing plants) are anthropogenic sources of many contaminants into air and water.


1) WHO, WMO and UNEP (2003), Climate change and human health: risks and responses.2) Symons, J. M., Bradley, L. C. Jr. and Cleveland, T. C. 2000. The Drinking Water Dictionary. American Water Works Association

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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