Plant more trees to beat air pollution: Kerala forest minister

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The IAEA helps Member States to apply nuclear techniques in a wide range of environmental areas, including air quality monitoring.

Meanwhile, another environmentalist, Egbemuyiwa Olatunji has said air pollution kills seven million persons globally, insisting that Nigeria was the fourth worst country in terms of managing air pollution globally. The theme for this year's celebration is "Air Pollution". Che Jun, Party Secretary, Zhejiang Province, recounted to guests how the Hangzhou Steel Group, which had heavily polluted a district in Hangzhou with its production, was forced by the government to shut down its production base but managed to transform its business to concentrate on environmental protection, digital technology, and tourism within a couple of years, leading to a significant increase in profits. Air pollution creeps across borders and knows no national boundaries.

Also a new global study, State of Global Air 2019 (SOGA2019), affirmed that air pollution is the fifth highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking below smoking, insisting that each year, more people die from air pollution related disease than from accidents or malaria.

He spoke on Wednesday in Abeokuta while delivering a lecture titled "Indoor Air Pollution" at an event organized by Ogun State Ministry of Environment to commemorate 2019 World Environment Day.

Globally, the United Nations urged governments, industry, communities and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality in cities and regions to mark the day.

"While its war on pollution is far from over, China's progress on reducing pollution shows the scale of action that is possible if there is genuine will at leadership level. There is an urgent need for governments and industry to collaborate in order to address this silent killer and make the leap towards a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable future for all of us, before it's too late", said Morgan.

"This is a public health crisis we can fix by transitioning away from polluting fossil fuels to renewable energy and investing in clean transport". 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.

It is not the first report to paint a dire picture of India's environment. The report explains that the use of coal and firewood for home heating is responsible for particulate matter (PM) emissions, and that air quality can be improved by providing greater access to modern, clean energy.

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