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News in Brief 13 March 2019

  • Damage to the planet poses growing risk to human health
  • 260,000 children in DRC facing acute malnutrition
  • Syria still living on ‘razor edge’
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Air pollution, the ‘silent killer’ that claims seven million lives a year: rights council hears

Shifting to renewable energy could save up to 150 million lives by the end of the century amid concerns that six billion people regularly inhale air “so polluted that it puts their life, health and well-being at risk”, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Monday.

Soil pollution ‘jeopardizing’ life on Earth, UN agency warns on World Day

Soil is a “treasure beneath our feet,” essential to human lives and well-being, a senior United Nations official has highlighted, warning, however, that this invaluable resource is under constant threat from the little-understood phenomenon of soil pollution.

World-beating athlete Paula Radcliffe, sets pace in global push for clean air

Clean air is key to everyone achieving their potential, not just athletes, reigning marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe said on Wednesday.  In an interview with UN News, the track and field legend spoke about how air pollution made her ill while training for major races, and what she is doing as a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Clean Air Advocate and Ambassador, for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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More than nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution

Air pollution is “stunting children’s brains” and affecting their health in more ways than was previously suspected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

90 per cent of the planet is breathing in polluted air – World Health Organization

Air pollution claims seven million lives a year, UN health experts said on Wednesday, amid new data showing that the problem affects nine out of ten people worldwide.

A bio-based, reuse economy can feed the world and save the planet – UN agency

Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on cultivation and use of biomass can help tackle pollution and climate change, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Friday.

For Valentine’s Day, UN environment wing is urging everyone to ‘break up’ with single-use plastic

As many countries prepare to mark Valentine’s Day, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on people to end their “toxic relationship” with single-use plastic and find “new love,” with more environmentally sustainable options.

Taking on environmental health risks, UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year.

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Air pollution affecting 17 million babies, mostly in South Asia: UNICEF

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