Pollution and Health

04 Aug 2014

This new report seeks to make us understand that as we change the environment, we may also make ourselves more vulnerable to disease.  It explores the interconnectivity of climate, health, poverty, and prosperity and outlines some of the key risks that climate change poses to animal health, human well-being, and economies.

01 Aug 2014

Cheer any Indian leader who takes on the taboo of public hygiene, one of the country’s great problems. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, says building toilets is a priority over temples. His finance minister, Arun Jaitley, used this month’s budget to set a goal of ending defecating in the open by 2019. This news article points out that fixing dreadful sanitation in India requires not just building lavatories but also changing habits.

22 Jul 2014

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.

More at: http://sustainability.thomsonreuters.com/2014/06/19/executive-perspective-air-pollution-silent-killer/?utm_content=buffera717a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

22 Jul 2014

An ADB-supported project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is bringing clean water and modern toilets to rural communities.

More at:  http://www.adb.org/features/piped-water-good-health-lao-pdr?ref=projects/success-stories

12 Feb 2014

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.

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