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Global Coalition Needed To Cut Pollutants, Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases

Mail & Guardian: Air pollution responsible for one in every eight deaths worldwide
Margaret Chan, WHO director general; Børge Brende, Norway’s minister of foreign affairs; and Amina Mohammed, environment minister of Nigeria

“…One of the fastest and most cost-effective ways for targeting the gradual and often imperceptible changes wrought by climate may be by tackling the visible: smog and haze over our kitchens and landscapes. … What is needed now is a global coalition of health, environment and climate actors, to expand awareness and drive change at the grassroots, where it will count. … By cutting air pollutants from sources that also emit climate pollutants, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and turn the tide on the epidemic of non-communicable diseases. We can translate the Paris Agreement into one of the strongest public health agreements of our time. The solutions exist. We need to spread the word about their health and environment benefits, and catalyze political action…” (5/13).

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