Cars have replaced bicycles as the primary means of transport in many Chinese cities but, with air pollution a major problem for the country, the bike is making a comeback, thanks to digital technology, and some 21st Century thinking.
When it comes to tackling air pollution - the greatest environmental threat to health, causing seven million premature deaths per year – “everyone can do something” to help prevent it. That’s the view of Tiy Chung, of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition, marking World Environment Day, on 5 June.
An independent UN expert said on Monday that the failure of governments across the world to ensure clear air, constitutes a “violation of the rights to life, health and well-being, as well as the right to live in a healthy environment.”
Have you ever gotten to experience a carefully-selected whiff of toxic air? That’s what the UN has in store for you in Geneva, in a new art exhibit, of interconnected pods, each containing a chemical cocktail simulating air pollution levels in big cities like Sao Paolo and New Delhi. It’s called “Pollution Pods”, and, the creator, British artist Michael Pinsky, took UN News’s Daniel Johnson, on a swift sensory tour.