Air pollution occurs when chemical, physical or biological substances alter the natural characteristics of the atmosphere, potentially leading to respiratory and other diseases that can be lethal.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at the World Health Organization classifies particulate matter, the main component of air pollution, as carcinogenic and published a study in 2013 definitively linking air pollution and lung cancer.
Industrial cities and densely populated metropolises are home to many sources of air pollution or otherwise fail to counter natural and manmade pollution sources, creating public planning risk scenarios that require mitigation. Of concern to health officials in urban areas are: large open grounds without any trees or grass and that may also lack protection against erosion; motorization, including exhaust and particulates from the residue of tire friction against asphalt; and winterization of roadways, commonly with sands and other reagents. Rural living conditions in the developing world can present uniquely challenging pollutants because reducing the pollutants would require cultural adaptations. For example, the use of biomass for fuel and home construction as well as poor sanitation in highly travel roadways generates air pollution.
*PM10 is used to describe particles of 10 micrometers or less and PM2.5 represents particles less than 2.5 micrometers in aerodynamic diameter.
The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The International Day for Biological Diversity was first established in 1993 when the 29th of December was selected to serve as the day to educate the world of the importance of Biodiversity. This was later changed to the 22 of May in 2000. Celebrating Biodiversity can be fun and delicious, especially if you take this opportunity to visit farmers markets and co-ops in your local area to try new types of produce. Whether you incorporate heirloom tomatoes into your gardening or cooking or try one of...
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships. Event Holder: International Institute for Sustainable Development Source of data: World Development Indicators (WDI), July 2016, Transport infrastructure investment and maintenance spending
The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its...