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A New Commitment To Stop Air Pollution

09 June 2019

It is estimated that 90% of the world population breath polluted air, every five seconds, somebody around the world dies prematurely as a result of air pollution.

Each year, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June to encourage action, to promote awareness and to organize events for the protection of our environment. He said: "Human lives are now at risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, nose and throat damage, reproductive organ damage, liver, spleen, blood and nervous system damage and eyes irritation through air pollution". Boyd linked the issue with the right to a healthy environment, which, he noted, is recognized by more than 150 States. Air pollution creeps across borders and knows no national boundaries.

Abia State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) has called on government at all levels to act urgently to minimise air pollution in the country.

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. More recently, the environment and air quality have begun to decline due to the emergence of industrial zones, special economic zones, improved transportation, urbanization, and more vehicles, he said.

"On this Environment Day we all need to spare some time to think what can we do to make our planet clean and green", he said. 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. UNEP highlights that air pollution can be effectively tackled by phasing out fossil fuels, using renewable energy sources, and fighting deforestation, adding that such action will also contribute to achieving the SDGs.

It is not the first report to paint a dire picture of India's environment.

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.

UNEP also launched a report titled, 'Air Pollution and Human Health: The Case of the Western Balkans, ' which highlights the health impacts of poor air quality, based on a study conducted in 19 cities in the region. The transport sector is responsible for up to 70 per cent of particulate emissions in some areas, and for up to 30 per cent in Europe.

A New Commitment To Stop Air Pollution