From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. However, with stronger collaboration and improved information-sharing, much of the risk could be managed and mitigated, a UN meeting heard on Monday.
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.