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WHO: Air Quality Inequality Widens

The World Health Organisation dropped a massive report on air quality all around the world on Wednesday. Here are their key findings:

  •  Data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants
  • 7 million people die each year because of air pollution
  • 3 billion people people (+- 40%) are breathing in polluted air on a daily basis
  • The fine particles in polluted air penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia
  • Air pollution is a critical risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), causing an estimated 24% of all adult deaths from heart disease, 25% from stroke, 43% from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 29% from lung cancer

One of things this report focuses on the most, is the air pollution inequality. In rich cities around the world, the air quality is improving. The worst air quality can be found in poor regions, most notably south and south-east Asia. These parts of the world not only have the worst air quality, but it is also worsening the fastest: 70% of the poor cities in this region suffered worsening air quality. Delhi has the worst air pollution out of the world’s mega-cities with more than 14 million habitants, followed by Cairo and Dhaka. The figure, made by The Guardian, shows the inequality and the widening gap between the world regions. (source)

If you’re interested in the air quality in your region: http://maps.who.int/airpollution/

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Meat And The Actual Costs Of Producing It

The real cost of meat is a lot higher than the price we pay for it in supermarkets. This is the conclusion of CE Delft, an independent research and consultancy group on sustainability issues. The researchers found that pig meat is the most unevenly priced: in the store, pork costs €7,75/kg, however, if the environmental and climate footprints, plus the costs of land-use and animal illnesses are added, it would cost €11,83/kg. This a 53% increase! If these real prices were used in real life, beef prices would increase by 40% to €17,06/kg, while chicken would ‘only’ cost €8,81/kg. (source)

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Maritime Sector on Board?


International shipping contributes almost 3% to global carbon emissions. Last Friday, the 173 member countries of the International Maritime Organisation, agreed to reduce the shipping sector’s overall CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2050. No actual timetable with actual measures has been presented and environmental organisations have expressed doubt if the target will be met. The graph above shows the CO2 output per kilogram per kilometer, per mode of transport. Transporting cargo on a mammoth container ship is almost 150 times more efficient than in a Boeing 747. (source)

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