Americas, Europe, Planet, Climate Change

Air pollution challenges remain acute

Responsible Business | Jun 18, 2019

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This year’s World Environment Day, held last week, was aimed at drawing attention to the global challenge of air pollution. The UN estimates that 3 million people die every year as a result of ambient air pollution, while 92 per cent of the world’s population live in areas where air pollution exceeds the World Health Organisation’s limits.

Speaking on Earth Day, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said that solutions to the problem exist: “My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants,” he said.

[Source: WHO]

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