Air pollution kills 100000 kids per year in India

09 Juin, 2019, 16:41 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • President urges public to do its part to help environment

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

The State of India's Environment (SoE) Report found air pollution is responsible for 12.5 per cent of all deaths in the country - painting a bleak picture of the environmental record of recent Indian governments.

Han Zheng, Vice-Premier, China, delivered a greeting from Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling for continued global efforts to protect the environment and promote sustainable development.

Earlier, the state's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Envornment, Mrs. Yetunde Dina, noted that the state government has been doing its best to reduce air pollution with monitoring through taskforce.

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.

Li Haisheng, Head, National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control, and President, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, presented the newly-released Air Quality Improvement Report 2013-2018, which comprises a review of achievements, measures, challenges, and results in terms of air pollution control.

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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.

Morris, who is Head of Field Operations at Environment Rights Action, said the 2019 Wednesday focusing on air pollution holding in China dwelled on unrestrained gas flaring in the Niger Delta with massive release of greenhouse gases that trigger climate change.

In India, for example, the government launched its comprehensive action plan to clean up air quality in Agra, where the Taj Mahal monument is located.

It added the country's progress in renewable energy was "dismal".

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.

Mrs Bawumia, an ambassador for Cook Clean Alliance, an organisation championing the usage of environmentally friendly and healthy fuel, said 70 per cent of Ghanaians cooked with solid fuel such as charcoal and that the toxins from those solid fuels were affecting the health of particularly women and girls who often did the cooking.

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