Both clean air and clean water are fundamentally important to human life and wellbeing.
The good news in amongst the darkness of this data is that air pollution is nearly entirely preventable.
"The use of dirty indoor cooking and heating fuels, are major problems in the developing world".
The UNEP reported that the global transport sector accounts for nearly one quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.
About 43,000 premature deaths are linked to burning biomass, primarily in agriculture.
Other steps taken include setting the air conditioner at 24 degrees or above (61 per cent), recycling or reusing products (61 per cent), washing full loads in the machine or dish washer (58 per cent) and taking shorter showers (56 per cent).
Open waste burning and organic waste in landfills release harmful dioxins, furans, methane and black carbon into the atmosphere. Nearly all of us are affected by it: 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air.
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Thus, air pollution also contributes to health risks, aside from triggering global warming, biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems. "Much attention was being focused on China's poor air quality, so in 2013 an action plan was put into place that saw a substantial decline in various air pollutants".
At Wednesday's event, representatives of Zhejiang's Green Rural Revival Program, victor of last year's Champion of the Earth Award, shared their experiences in pollution treatment in rural areas.
In the same post, the person also had to describe what they would do to reduce air pollution. Women and children, who tend to spend more time indoors, are the most affected. Deaths and illnesses from air pollution are caused by tiny particles that penetrate our defences every time we fill our lungs.
But humans can also be the solution to this global problem.
After monitoring the air concentration in the Suva area, the University of the South Pacific's School of Science Lecturer Dr. Francis Mani says it's slightly below the PH 2.5 level required by the World Health Organisation.
ACB supports such biodiversity-friendly initiatives from the private sector.
Use public transport or vehicle sharing, cycle or walk. To mark World Environment Day, Dr Dorota Jarosińska, Programme Manager responsible for air quality at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH) in Bonn, Germany, answered some of the most pressing questions about air pollution, its impacts on health and what we are doing about it.