WHO calls for urgent research after microplastics found in drinking water

Plastic bottles and caps used in bottled water could be sources of microplastics but data is ‘extremely limited’

WHO warns polluted air is putting 93% of children ‘at serious risk’

The World Health Organisation found around 1.8bn children are exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels above its air quality guidelines

Global health, environment and climate change coalition launched

Many pollutants that damage health also harm the environment and contribute to climate change, including carbon from diesel engines and waste incineration

WHO: Air pollution levels ‘dangerously high’ in many countries

The Indian city of Delhi and Egypt’s Cairo have been revealed as the world’s most polluted megacities

Regional governments commit to meeting WHO air quality standards

A total of 10 regional governments across the world have committed to meeting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) air quality standards. The regions, representing more than 3,000 municipalities from eight countries, have joined the BreatheLife campaign and are implementing 100 key measures to mitigate air pollution. That includes developing sustainable mobility and transportation policies, vehicle […]

New initiative to protect small islands from climate change

A new initiative to protect people living in small island developing states from the health impacts of climate change has been launched. The World Health Organisation (WHO), in collaboration with the UN and the COP23 Fijian Presidency, said the vision is to have health systems that are resilient to climate change by 2030. They also […]

Dangerously polluted air in 44 UK towns and cities

A total of 44 towns and cities in the UK are in breach of the recommended World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for air quality. New research published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Lancet Countdown highlights concern about the “lack of a robust, fully funded national strategy” for delivering air quality improvements, despite […]

Every Londoner exposed to dangerous levels of toxic air

Every person living in London is breathing dangerous levels of toxic air that exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. The research, based on the latest updated London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, shows every Londoner in the capital lives in an area exceeding the limits for one of the most dangerous toxic particles known as PM2.5. It […]

WHO: Pollution kills 1.7m children a year

Polluted environments take the lives of around 1.7 million children under the age of five every year. The environmental risks include indoor and outdoor air pollution, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, inadequate hygiene and second-hand smoking, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Its report reveals a large portion of the most common causes of […]

WHO: 10 UK cities don’t meet air quality standards

A total of 10 cities in the UK are failing to meet international air quality standards. They are Eastbourne, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Oxford, Port Talbot, Scunthorpe, Southampton and Stanford-Le-Hope, according to a new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These cities and British territory Gibraltar are failing to meet WHO standards for PM10 particulate […]