Plastics were first developed in 1907 with the discovery of Bakelite, a synthetic polymer that could be easily massproduced. This invention led to countless innovations and new products as plastics became an essential material of the global economy. In 1989 the world produced about 100 million tonnes (Mt) of plastic every year.

Outdoor air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths worldwide, the majority of which are caused by exposure to fine particulate matter (or PM2.5) air pollution. Most of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity are among the major behavioural risk factors for many noncommunicable diseases (‎NCDs)‎, and quality of life and well-being. The available data show that the prevalence of physical inactivity among adults is 15% and among adolescents it is as high as 74% in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change presented a notification for regulations for the extended producer responsibility (EPR) for waste tyres that will be effective from the new fiscal year. According to the data, India scraps around 275,000 tyres each year but does not have a complete plan.

Exposure to air pollution has long been associated with mortality and shortened life expectancy and has been acknowledged as one of the main risk factors that affect people’s health worldwide. Among all air pollutants, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has been identified as a substantial public health concern.

A new WHO report shows that close to 7 million deaths could be prevented by 2030 if low- and lower-middle-income countries were to make an additional investment of less than a dollar per person per year in the prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The Action Taken Report of the Committee deals with the action taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs on the recommendations contained in the Two Hundred and Twenty Ninth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs on the 'Management of COVID-19 Pandemic and Related Issues'.

Forty countries now have best-practice trans fat elimination policies in effect, protecting 1.4 billion people around the world from this deadly food compound, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Each year, WHO’s World malaria report offers in-depth information on the latest trends in malaria control and elimination at global, regional and country levels. The report highlights progress towards global targets and describes opportunities and challenges for curbing and eliminating the disease.

The Report of the Committee deals with the Action Taken by the Government on the Recommendations/ Observations contained in the One Twenty Third Report on the "Outbreak of Pandemic Covid-19 and its Management".

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