In this article by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, he cautions that the world is under attack from a silent killer with impacts four times that of HIV and AIDS, and most people don’t even seem to know it.
An ADB-supported project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is bringing clean water and modern toilets to rural communities.
Human society has a lot riding on the transport sector. Safe, efficient, and sustainable transport not only has the potential to enhance or degrade the public spaces, health, and economic dynamism of where the majority of humanity lives – in cities – it also has a significant impact on our planet. With cities already producing 75 percent of global CO2 emissions – due in large part to urban transport – and projected to generate 65 percent of global economic growth by 2025, they are the battleground where the fight for sustainable development will be won or lost.
Introduction to the impacts of toxic pollution and the work of the Blacksmith Institute. Toxic pollution poses health risks to over 100 million people, particularly children, in low- and middle-income countries. Blacksmith works with local partners, NGOs and governments to cleanup the world's most polluted places.
In Puerto Princesa, a city in the southern Philippines, the government and motorized tricycle drivers have joined forces to reduce noise and air pollution through the use of cleaner technologies, repair and maintenance training, and alternative livelihoods.