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News in Brief 28 October 2021

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  • Rights expert: Unilateral sanctions have had 'devastating consequences' in Zimbabwe
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An oil platform in the Caspian Sea. Petroleum plants that process oil products can prove an increased cancer risk to those working there, or living nearby, a new IARC study shows.
An oil platform in the Caspian Sea. Petroleum plants that process oil products can prove an increased cancer risk to those working there, or living nearby, a new IARC study shows.

Increased cancer risk for petroleum industry workers and people living near plants: New UN study

People working in the petroleum industry or living near petroleum facilities are at increased risk of developing several different cancer types, according to a new report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARCWHO), part of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

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Developing countries step up fight against pollution

Each year, pollution kills almost nine million people worldwide, mostly in developing countries.

That’s according to the World Bank which is backing a new campaign called ‘”Pollution Management and Environmental Health”.

The campaign aims to support affected countries to significantly reduce air, land and water pollution levels through pollution management planning and investments to improve health.

Camille Funnell reports on the progress from Bangkok, Thailand and Santiago, Chile.

Duration: 2’38”