2019 World Environment Day to focus on air pollution
- Business & Industry ,
- Central government ,
- Health ,
- Pollution & Waste Management
Around seven million people die prematurely from air pollution each year. The UN's World Environment Day 2019 (WED19) will urge governments, industry, communities and individuals to tackle the issue.
There are two types of air pollution: indoor (household), caused by cooking stoves, heating and lighting, and outdoor (ambient), caused by power generation, transport, industrial furnaces, wildfires, agriculture, etc. The financial costs of environment-related health risks are around 5%-10% of GDP, with air pollution taking the highest toll.
“Air pollution affects over 91% of the world's population and requires concerted action to raise awareness and reduce harmful emissions,“ said IEMA director of policy Martin Baxter. “Working together, environment and sustainability professionals can help to make a positive difference.“
IEMA is working with leading organisations to raise awareness for WED19 and help empower others to act. In the lead-up to WED19, we'll be sharing information on how to address air pollution. We are looking for members to share experiences through blogs, case studies, webinars and event speaking opportunities. Send an outline of your ideas, experience or knowledge to firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: iStock
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.