Towards a pollution-free planet

In early December, world governments committed to a pollution-free planet at the third United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) in Nairobi, Kenya, with resolutions and pledges promising to improve the lives of billions across the globe by cleaning up our air, land and water.

A new resolution on preventing and reducing air pollution to improve air quality globally recognises that air pollution is “the single greatest environmental risk to health”, linked to an estimated 6.5 million premature deaths across the world, and says that “in the absence of aggressive intervention, the number of premature deaths due to ambient air pollution are estimated to be on track to increase by more than 50% by 2050”. It urges countries to take action across sectors to reduce all forms of air pollution.

Source: United Nations Environment, 6 December 2017.

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