Air pollution kills 100000 Indian kids every year, study finds

92 Percent Of World Population Without Clean Air Environmental Scientist Uma Charan Mohanty

The UN estimates that a premature death from air pollution occurs every five seconds.

Obuekwe said the event was organised to boost global awareness and action towards protecting the environment from further degradation, adding that bush burning, smoking vehicles, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and open defecation, were some of the most common sources of air pollution.

"Clean air isn't a luxury, it's a basic human right". Boyd linked the issue with the right to a healthy environment, which, he noted, is recognized by more than 150 States.

It is worrisome to note that almost 77million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) research has established that in Ghana 28,000 lives are lost prematurely to air pollution annually.

The 2019 global theme was: "Beat Air Pollution", while the day was marked locally on the theme: "Clean air; our lifeline and shared responsibility".

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She called for a holistic approach that would strengthen the synergies among stakeholders, policies and all interventions to deal with the root cause of air pollution.

Globally, the United Nations urged governments, industry, communities and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality in cities and regions to mark the day. He highlighted that the report reflects progress on air quality achieved with government leadership, business participation and citizen inclusion, adding that, while significant progress has been made on reducing air pollution, there is still a "tremendous challenge" to be addressed.

"This is a public health crisis we can fix by transitioning away from polluting fossil fuels to renewable energy and investing in clean transport". For rural areas that don't yet have access to electricity, the use of better stoves that produce less air pollution should be encouraged.

AN environment advocacy group, SING Foundation, yesterday, staged a procession in the streets of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to mark the World Environment Day, WED, calling on the Federal Government to end gas-flaring in the state and Niger Delta.

In celebrating this year's global environment day, I urge be all of us, including the federal government, Rivers State Government and the local government Councils, citizens and companies to make a renewed commitment and take series of bold actions to end gas flaring, stop soot and kick out illegal artisanal refining of crude oil, otherwise called ' bunkering'. "We also must make conscious efforts not to contribute to air pollution", she said.


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