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Air Pollution: WHO calls for construction of schools, playgrounds away from busy roads, factories

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised governments to ensure that schools and playgrounds are constructed away from busy roads, factories and power plants to reduce children’s exposure to air pollution. Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, gave the advice in a New WHO Report on “Air pollution and child health”, released by the organisation on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. ...

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Poisonous air has devastating impact on billions of children, warns WHO

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Poisonous air is having a devastating impact on billions of children around the world, damaging their intelligence and leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday, October 29, 2018. In a study on the health effect of toxic air on children, the Geneva-based UN agency estimated 600,000 deaths below the age of 15 ...

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WHO, UNFCCC promote maiden air pollution, health conference

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The first-ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will kick off on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. It is organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and with participation of UN Climate Change (UNFCCC). Air pollution is said to be one of the largest causes of death worldwide. It claims seven million lives a year, is a major driver of the non-communicable ...

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Government tasked on emissions reduction, control

Generator Pollution

An ecologist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, has urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts on the implementation of national policies that would reduce emissions in different sectors. Inyamkume, who is also the Executive Director, Ambassadors of Dialogue, Climate and Reintegration, an NGO, gave this advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, October 26, 2018. ...

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New coal investments may cost South Africans over R20bn

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

Newly appointed finance minister Tito Mboweni’s maiden speech in the current ‘technical recession’ will be a task to keep the country from succumbing to mounting pressure on the economy. 350Africa.org is calling on the new finance minister to re-examine budget forecasts in Wednesday’s speech, and urge the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to commit to not financing the proposed ...

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Germany ‘flags’ 15 highly polluted cities to EU

Angela Merkel

The German government said it had registered 15 cities with high pollution levels with the European Union. The city of Frankfurt is now included, German Chancellery Chief, Mr Helge Braun, said on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Braun said the country’s cabinet would decide on Nov. 7 on changes to the Emission Control Act, which regulated parts of German environmental law. ...

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Humans now ingesting microplastics, says study

Microplastics

A new study has found that humans are ingesting microplastics. The study, commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency and the Medical University of Vienna, has found microplastics in the human stool. The international study involved five women and three men aged 33-65 who lived in different parts of the world. They kept a nutrition diary for one week and then gave ...

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Over 90% of sampled salt brands contain microplastics

Microplastics

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim, Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia. The study, which has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, analysed 39 various salt brands ...

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Sailors, biologists raise awareness in Pacific over plastic pollution

Eat Less Plastic voyage

A team of sailors, actors and biologists are on a five-month expedition across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness on the growing concern of plastic pollution. According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) on Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Eat Less Plastic team is currently docked at Port Denarau Marina, Nadi, the third largest city of Fiji and will in the ...

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UK to partner Nigeria on Ogoni clean-up, others – Envoy

UK Ogoni clean-up

The United Kingdom has pledged to partner with the Federal Government in efforts to clean the Ogoni area in the Niger Delta and tackle other environmental challenges across the country. Ms. Lavie Beaufils, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, conveyed the pledge on Monday, October 8, 2018 in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of ...

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