The UN estimates that a premature death from air pollution occurs every five seconds.
Inaugurating the Environment Day celebrations, jointly organised by The New Indian Express and Indian Oil Corporation at Vijai Enterprises, the International Olympic Committee pump at General Hospital Junction on Wednesday, he drew attention to the Environment Day theme of the year "Air Pollution".
An environmentalist, Egbemuyiwa Olatunji, yesterday, identified photocopiers, candles, air fresheners and insecticides as "killer agents" which contain substances harmful to human respiratory system. But while China records dangerously high air pollution levels, it has also seen some of the most dramatic progress. According to NITP, air pollution harms the environment and damages human health.
Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UNEP, shared a message from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that underscores the global costs of air pollution, estimated at United States dollars 5 trillion annually.
Ban Ki-moon, President and Chair, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and former UN Secretary-General, remarked that air pollution can not be dealt with alone, and called on all nations to work in solidarity. All these, amongst several others, are contributing daily to compromise the integrity and quality of air in our environment and the country at large, thereby causing air pollution.
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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. The plan commits to addressing the sources of air pollution in the area, including from road dust, vehicle emissions, burning of garbage, and construction and demolition activities.
India has repeatedly failed to address environmental concerns.
It added the country's progress in renewable energy was "dismal".
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.