Archive for June 4th, 2019

04/06/2019

Pedalling for Clean Air in Latin America

Human Wrongs Watch

3 June 2019 (UN Environment)*Transportation produces 25 per cent of emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean. With the air of most of the region’s capital cities becoming literally unbreathable, biking has captured the imagination of thousands of Latin Americans.Four of the main capitals have taken steps to promote sustainable mobility options to beat air pollution and are encouraging pedaling as a concrete measure to clean the air.Alcaldía de Bogotá_0

Municipality of Bogotá  (Photo from UN Environment).

Below are four examples of successful initiatives that are changing the way Latin Americans move around in their daily lives.

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04/06/2019

Five Reasons You Should Care about Air Pollution

3 June 2019 (UN Environment)*Air pollution is all around us. Indoors, outdoors, in cities and in the countryside. It affects us all, whether we realize it or not. For the longest time, we have taken the air we breathe for granted. There was air, there were smells, there was cold wind, there was hot air.

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Five things 2 Photo by Pxhere

Photo by Pxhere (from UN Environment).

But recent research has started to shed light on some rather worrisome aspects of what the air around us really contains, and how it affects our bodies.

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04/06/2019

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ Makes a Comeback, as China Seeks Solutions to Tackle Air Pollution Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

3 June 2019 — Cars have replaced bicycles as the primary means of transport in many Chinese cities but, with air pollution a major problem for the country, the bike is making a comeback, thanks to digital technology, and some 21st Century thinking.

Yimin Feng | Youth riding share bikes along the UNESCO World Heritage Site West Lake in Hangzhou, China.
04/06/2019

How Air Pollution Is Destroying Our Health

By World Health Organization*As the world gets hotter and more crowded, our engines continue to pump out dirty emissions, and half the world has no access to clean fuels or technologies (e.g. stoves, lamps), the very air we breathe is growing dangerously polluted: nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year.

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How air pollution is destroying our health | Flickr/Leniners (Photo from WHO).

The health effects of air pollution are serious – one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. This is having an equivalent effect to that of smoking tobacco, and much higher than, say, the effects of eating too much salt.

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