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Take action on air pollution to save lives, and the planet, urges UN chief

In a message to mark World Environment Day, celebrated on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasized the link between worsening levels of air pollution and the climate crisis.

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

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.

‘Everyone can do something’ to beat air pollution: UN environment official

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.

 

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With a premature death every five seconds, air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN expert

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.”

Artist’s ‘pollution pods’ kick up a stink for cleaner air

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.

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News in Brief 30 October 2018

  • We can tackle air pollution killer together, says WHO’s Tedros
  • 80,000 youngsters at risk in DRC after forcible expulsion from Angola: UNICEF
  • Record migrant arrivals in Spain still 20 times below 2015 peak in Greece: IOM
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News in Brief 29 October 2018

  • “Millions of children” globally poisoned by pollution
  • Tents arrive for 10,000 Indonesians made homeless by earthquake
  • Saudi Arabia: Halt death sentences on minors, say UN experts
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News in Brief 02 May 2018

  • Rights experts issue call for media protection in Press Freedom Day declaration
  • Ninety per cent of the world breathing polluted air: WHO
  • Affordable vitamin A supplements could save millions of young lives: UNICEF
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Campaign tackles health impact of air pollution in cities

A new initiative has been launched to raise awareness about the health impacts of air pollution which the World Health Organization (WHO) calls “an invisible kil

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Better air quality key to “healthier” and “greener” world

As many as seven million people worldwide die each year from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases associated with indoor or outdoor air pollution.

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