On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.
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.”