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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) releases Actions on Air Quality Report

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Air Pollution range increased by 8% and affect the Air Quality, Report on Air Quality released by United Nations Environment Programme

Solutions to tackle GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY:air-quality

  • Priority on renewable source
  • Clean Cooking fuels and Stoves
  • Fuel sulphur content and public transport

Results of global air quality declines

Threatening to seven million people air pollution kills each year

World Health Organization (WHO) Statement:          

  • Urban air pollution levels increased by 8 per cent between 2008 and 2013
  • About 80 per cent of people living in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits

Initiatives by UNEP

  • Renewables accounted for a majority of the new electricity-generating capacity added around the world at an investment of $286 billion
  • Review of Air Pollution Control in Beijing: 1998-2013 analyzed measures implemented since Beijing began launching air pollution control programmes
  • Launched several programmes, including an initiative to develop a low-cost sensor track and address pollution hotspots

Focus: Ten basic measures to improve air quality

Highlights of Actions on Air Quality:

  • About three billion people are using solid fuels and inefficient cook stoves Eg: Seychelles
  • 1/4th of countries have advanced fuels and vehicles standards, which can significantly reduce small particulate matter pollution Eg: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda
  • Electric cars have been on the increase Eg: Norway
  • Some countries and cities have been able to increase waste recycling, reducing the need to burn waste Eg: Brazil
  • National air quality standards Eg: India

About UNEP:
♦ UNEP Executive Director – Achim Steiner
♦ Established in 1972
♦ Acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.