Air pollution kills 100,000 Indian children every year

09 June, 2019, 16:41 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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This year's commemoration put priority on curbing air pollution, which the United Nations describes as a global environmental health hazard which results in more than seven million premature deaths in the world annually. The IAEA helps Member States to apply nuclear techniques in a wide range of environmental areas, including air quality monitoring. This year the forest department distributed 64 lakh saplings of tamarind, guava and mango to spread awareness on beating air pollution, he said.

Also a new global study, State of Global Air 2019 (SOGA2019), affirmed that air pollution is the fifth highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking below smoking, insisting that each year, more people die from air pollution related disease than from accidents or malaria.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) research has established that in Ghana 28,000 lives are lost prematurely to air pollution annually.

Ban Ki-moon, President and Chair, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and former UN Secretary-General, remarked that air pollution can not be dealt with alone, and called on all nations to work in solidarity.

Li Haisheng, Head, National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control, and President, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, presented the newly-released Air Quality Improvement Report 2013-2018, which comprises a review of achievements, measures, challenges, and results in terms of air pollution control.

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She listed the interventions to include the institution of an e-waste management centre to stop the burning of e-waste, the introduction of a plastic waste policy to regulate the use and disposal of plastic waste and the introduction of vehicle emission testing and standards to curb vehicular air pollution.

It added the country's progress in renewable energy was "dismal".

"While its war on pollution is far from over, China's progress on reducing pollution shows the scale of action that is possible if there is genuine will at leadership level".

"We shall also continue to encourage government, private sector and citizens on the need to galvanise actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet", he said.

AN environment advocacy group, SING Foundation, yesterday, staged a procession in the streets of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to mark the World Environment Day, WED, calling on the Federal Government to end gas-flaring in the state and Niger Delta. "We also must make conscious efforts not to contribute to air pollution", she said.


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