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Air pollution presents an increasingly apparent challenge to health and development across the globe. Exposure to PM2.5 is a major health risk and worldwide, an estimated 4.13-5.39 million people died prematurely in 2017 from exposure to PM2.5 pollution. The health impacts of pollution also represent a heavy cost to the economy.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) has, for the first time, conducted a review of the UN system’s support for implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In 1998 Beijing began an intensified air pollution control program, and over the last 20 years the city has implemented a series of measures including energy infrastructure optimization, coal-fired pollution control, and vehicle emission controls. These efforts successfully reduced air pollution.

Freshwater availability is changing worldwide. Here we quantify 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016 and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or combinations thereof. Several of these trends had been lacking thorough investigation and attribution, including massive changes in northwestern China and the Okavango Delta. Others are consistent with climate model predictions.

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted.
 

In Beijing’s battle against pollution lies lessons for New Delhi, amid the debate in the capital over the effectiveness of the government’s odd-even scheme to curtail deteriorating air quality.

BEIJING/NEW DELHI: The recently concluded Communist Party Congress saw Chinese president Xi Jinping calling for the establishment of a "beautiful China". His emphasis was on fighting pollution.

More than 70 per cent of companies checked by Chinese authorities failed environmental standards during the latest round of air pollution inspections, state media reported on Sunday.

Beijing and its neighbors have pledged to intensify efforts in cutting air pollution to meet the target of lowering the average annual PM2.5 density in the region to about 60 micrograms per cubic m

China's war on smog has stepped up another gear with reports suggesting Beijing is planning to cut coal use by a further 30 per cent across the capital this year.

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