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Promoting health through the life course

German politicians, industry agree diesel plan: sources

Car industry officials and politicians in Germany have agreed to update the engine software of around 9 million diesel cars as part of a plan to avoid bans on diesel vehicles in major cities, industry and government sources said. The software updates will cost under 2 billion euros ($2.33 billion) for cars in Germany, with the auto industry agreeing to shoulder the expense of about 100 euros per car

July 21, 2017

China's War on Foreign Garbage

For more than 30 years, imports of recycled goods have fueled China`s manufacturing boom. The government has now announced that it`d had enough. By the end of the year, it told the World Trade Organization, it would stop accepting most recycled plastics, paper, textiles and other products from overseas. The decision is part of a campaign against "foreign garbage" that harms public health and the environment

July 20, 2017

With colour-coded warnings, Indian city gets serious about dirty air

Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat, has among the worst air pollution in India. But it is the first to install an air monitoring and warning system. The Air Information and Response (AIR) plan, launched in May, involves the creation of an air quality index that measures daily pollution levels in eight locations. Giant LED screens display five colour-coded alerts of the levels, and their related effects. An early warning system also alerts people to days when pollution is likely to reach the "very poor" or "severe" level

July 5, 2017

China launches five "green finance" pilot zones

China has launched five pilot zones to promote "green finance" and help pay for a war on pollution that is expected to cost at least 3 trillion yuan ($440 billion) a year, according to notices published by the central bank. The five zones will be set up in the provinces of Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, as well as the far western region of Xinjiang, and financial institutions will be given a variety of incentives to provide credit and special funds for environmentally friendly industries

June 27, 2017

Chained to health ministry, Peruvians protest mining pollution

Parents of sick children who live near one of Peru`s oldest mining pits camped out in front of the health ministry in Lima for an eighth day on Thursday, demanding help to deal with the impact of decades of mining pollution. Dozens of residents of Simon Bolivar, a district in the city of Cerro de Pasco in the Peruvian Andes, travelled to Lima to press the government to declare a health emergency and build a regional hospital specializing in exposure to heavy metals. More than 40 percent of the area`s children who were tested in a 2012 study had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood, according to a screening of some 2,700 children by regional health authorities

June 23, 2017

New Beijing Chief Vows to Finally Win Fight Against Pollution

Beijing’s new top official vowed to tackle the city’s smog problem, a simmering cause of discontent among China’s expanding middle class. Cai Qi, the Communist Party chief in the capital, told a gathering of local delegates that the metropolis of 22 million must slash pollution levels to “win the battle against pollution.” He pledged to cut levels of the most hazardous airborne particulate by 30 percent over the next five years, while pushing polluters and “non-essential” services out to “display the image of a major country’s capital city”

June 19, 2017

Sustainable Development Goals for environment and health are within Europe’s reach, but we nee...

Each year, nearly one and a half million Europeans die prematurely from polluted environments; that is at least 15% of total deaths in Europe. Countries have to strategically streamline beneficial environment and health policies across their SDG priorities. This means investing in health promoting and smart, green urban planning and sustainable transport systems, including public transportation, cycling lanes, pedestrian zones and green spaces. It also means developing new and adopting latest technologies, for example, in energy generation, water reuse, waste management, elimination of informal waste collection and reducing the environmental footprint of the health sector

June 12, 2017

Even low arsenic levels in water tied to small, preterm babies

Low levels of arsenic naturally found in drinking water in many US states are associated with an increased risk of premature and underweight babies, a study in Ohio suggests. In counties where less than 10 percent of the population used private wells, arsenic in public drinking water was associated with 14 percent higher odds of very low birth weight babies and 10 percent higher odds of premature deliveries, researchers report in Environmental Research. The study found negative birth outcomes even when women lived in counties where tap water might expose them to arsenic levels below 10 micrograms per litre (10 ug/L), the maximum amount considered safe by the EPA

June 8, 2017

Farm pollutants affect neighbours’ lungs

Air pollution from large-scale livestock farms impairs lung function in neighbours who live nearby, a new study from the Netherlands shows, in this study, the team measured several markers of lung function in 2,308 adults who lived in 12 villages near, but not on, farms in the Netherlands, which has one of the world’s highest population densities as well as one of the highest livestock farm densities. The study also showed that neighboring residents’ lung function was reduced during weeks with higher levels of farm-related ammonia air pollution. The effects on breathing patterns were small but significant

June 6, 2017

Big tobacco leaves huge ecological footprint - WHO

Tobacco growing causes massive harm to the environment through extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, WHO said. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, but gave no estimate of damage. The ecological footprint goes far beyond the effects of cigarette smoke, WHO said in its first report on tobacco’s impact on the environment. “From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process”

May 30, 2017

Stinking mess: Public toilet pollutes Bhavani river

Bhavani River, which was recently found to be contaminated with high amounts of faecal matter, has a new source of pollution - a municipality-run public toilet located near the bridge on Ooty Main Road at Odanthurai - a report from the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board in February found the river water highly contaminated with faecal matter. M Jaikumar, joint secretary of Save Bhavani Trust said the toilet was constructed two years ago, "It was not in use for several months but we found it open again recently so we are trying really hard to educate people and ensure that river contamination is reduced. However, if the government itself indulges in such activities, it becomes really difficult to protect the river," he said

May 29, 2017
Times of India, Nyoooz.com

Dar rivers in danger of drying up

Human and industrial activities around Mzinga and Kizinga streams as well as Mpiji and Msimbazi rivers have polluted them. People living around the areas have turned the streams and rivers into dumpsites and disturbed alignments and natural water. The rivers are being polluted by the concentration of high organic and nutrient, low dissolved oxygen, and high counts of indicator organisms from home and industrial activities, environmental experts told the press

May 28, 2017
The Citizen , AllAfrica.com

New analysis reveals deadly scale of diesel emissions

Illegal and unregulated diesel emissions are causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths worldwide, a new analysis says. The meta-analysis examined data from 30 studies and found excess nitrogen oxide was linked to 107,626 premature deaths around the world in 2015. Researchers warned the number of people dying due to diesel emissions could grow to 180,000 in 2040 if governments don’t act

May 15, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Guardian, Phys.Org

Non communicable diseases

Death toll from respiratory diseases rising in Gurgaon amid soaring pollution

The number of deaths from respiratory ailments being reported by hospitals in Gurgaon is rising year-on-year with the city`s consistently high levels of air pollution seen as the exacerbating factor. According to the data collected by TOI, 2,500 people admitted to five leading private hospitals in the city died in the last one year — from April 2016 to March 2017 — because of respiratory illnesses in which air pollution was an aggravating factor

July 21, 2017
Times of India

Air pollution tied to survival odds for liver cancer patients

For people diagnosed with liver cancer, living in an area with heavy air pollution from industry, traffic or smoke is linked to lower odds of survival, a California study finds. The association between levels of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air and death from liver cancer or from any cause was strongest for people with the least advanced cancers, researchers report in the International Journal of Cancer. “Our study suggests that liver cancer patients may be another susceptible group that could benefit from reductions in air pollution,” study co-author Sandrah Eckel said

June 21, 2017

Smog linked to bleeding stomach ulcers in elderly

Older adults may be more likely to have bleeding stomach ulcers on days when the air has higher levels of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant produced by car exhaust and power plants, a recent study in Hong Kong suggests. The researchers focused on peptic ulcers, or painful sores lining the stomach or small intestine, which are often caused by bacterial infections but have also been linked to drinking, smoking and certain medications. Researchers examined whether short-term spikes in air pollution could also influence the risk of serious bleeds, and estimated a 7.6 percent increased risk of emergency admissions for bleeding peptic ulcers during five-day periods with higher average nitrogen dioxide levels

June 14, 2017

Greater total pollution exposure tied to higher cancer risk

Living in areas with higher total exposures to harmful pollutants in the air, water and land is associated with greater odds of developing cancer, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined incidences for cancers in each country across the U.S. and found an average of 451 cases per 100,000 people. Counties with a higher environmental quality ranking the lowest saw an average of 39 cancer cases each year per 100,000 residents

May 8, 2017

Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts

Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists said on Wednesday. Most worryingly, scientists who conducted this experiment said, nanoparticles tend to build up in damaged blood vessels of people who already suffer from coronary heart disease and make it worse

April 26, 2017
Reuters, BBC

Communicable diseases

Beijing removes 180,000 old, polluting cars from roads from January-April

Beijing authorities removed 180,000 old and polluting vehicles from the roads during the first four months of 2017, the Chinese capital’s environmental bureau said, as part of its efforts to tackle congestion and cut smog

May 4, 2017

SC bans sale, registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1

The Indian Supreme Court restrained auto manufacturers from selling BS-III vehicles from April 1st when emissions rules would come into force. The judges said ‘the health of millions of citizens was more important than the commercial interests of manufacturers’ and directed the government to not allow the registration of polluting BS III vehicles next month

March 30, 2017
Times of India
March 29, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Indian Express, Hindustan Times

China says pollution inspectors find firms falsifying data

Chinese air quality inspectors found problems at more than 3,000 companies during inspections over the first three months of this year, of which, a large proportion were found to be falsifying data, the environment ministry said. Some companies tried to stop inspectors from carrying out checks, including Apple supplier Foxconn

March 30, 2017
February 27, 2017
China Daily

Western demand for goods from China is killing 100,000 a year

A new study claims Chinese-made goods bought in western Europe and the U.S. have, in effect, killed over 100,000 people in China in one year alone – as a result of air pollution associated with their manufacture.  Microscopic pollutant particles in the air from increased manufacturing and consumption mean India and China are now shouldering the biggest burden in terms of pollutant-linked deaths. The study authors say in 2007 22% of air-pollution related deaths were associated with goods and services produced in one country and consumed in another

March 29, 2017
New Scientist, Eureka Alert, The Guardian, USA Today
March 30, 2017
Business Day

Children 'worst sufferers' of environmental degradation: Prez

In inaugurating the ‘World Conference on Environment 2017,’ Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said children ‘were the worst sufferers of adverse impact of pollution and there was an urgent need for an ‘out-of-box’ solution to curb the perils of environmental degradation.’ He added ‘environmental factors are responsible for an estimated 24% of the global burden of disease in terms of healthy life years lost and 23 % of all deaths and 24% of all under 15’s die of diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory disease all of which are environment related’

March 25, 2017
Press Trust of India, ANI News

India must fight TB harder as disease claims 1,400 every day

India continues to struggle to combat the disease with nearly 41% of TB patients in India failing to get adequate treatment causing nearly 5,000 deaths in the country every

March 24, 2017
Hindu Business Line

Smog-hit Beijing plans 'green necklace' to block pollution

Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei will plant trees, establish green belts and make use of rivers and wetlands to create a green necklace to protect China’s smog-hot capital from pollution, the Hebei government said

March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017

Court grants living status to the ganges

Uttarakhand’s high court granted the Ganga and Yamuna rivers status as living entities, bestowing on them the same legal rights as a person, a move that could help in efforts to clean the pollution-choked rivers

March 22, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 21, 2017
Reuters, Le Figaro
March 20, 2017
Press Trust of India
March 22, 2017
Indian Express
March 21, 2017
The Asian Today

Pollution Is Killing India’s Holy Ganges, Harming Hindu Devotees

The Sankat Mochan Foundation published a study into the water quality of India’s holy Ganges River which said waste pollution is killing the river. The study found that people bathing in the Ganges are running a risk of cholera, hepatitis A, typhus and gastrointestinal diseases from the waters

March 18, 2017
Latin American Herald, World Hindu News
March 15, 2017
Agencia EFE

West African urban polls find clean water top priority

Reuters reports on examples of several African cities which are polling people on the fringes of urban areas to learn what were their main desires/needs. The results from the Resilient Africa Network regional lab indicated that ‘access to clean water and/or sanitation’ where priorities for them

March 17, 2017

Cleaner air could save three million early deaths in China each year: study

China could prevent three million premature deaths a year if it enforced tighter air quality standards, in accordance with United Nations guidelines, according to a study published in The British Medical

March 15, 2017

Doctors warn climate change is harming our health

U.S. doctors’ groups have set up a new organization called The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health with half of all U.S. doctors as members. The new group is presenting a report to Congress with scientific evidence showing how climate change is harming our collective health. The group is also calling on policymakers to act decisively

March 15, 2017
CBS News

Pollution, traffic biggest deterrent for people to walk: survey

Exposure to pollution and traffic is the biggest deterrent for people keen on walking, a multi-city study said. The study looked at what were the barriers to walking in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and

March 8, 2017
The Hindu

In Costa Rica 1000 Children a year die as a Consequence of a Polluted Environment

Contamination and a dirty unhealthy environment make children sick and cause their death worldwide, according to a WHO report. In Costa Rica, 1,000 children a year die as a consequence of a polluted environment

March 7, 2017
Costa Rica Star

Air pollution can change efficacy of antibiotics, says study

A new study from University of Leicester researchers shows that bacteria which cause respiratory infections in humans are directly impacted by air pollution, altering the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, and thus, increasing the potential for infection

March 3, 2017
CNBC, Financial Express