WHO: 9 of 10 People on the Planet Breathe Polluted Air
Nine out of 10 people on the planet are breathing polluted air, the World Health Organization says, with indoor pollution a major and generally unrecognized problem.
The latest report by the WHO says air pollution kills 7 million people every year with marginalized populations in such places as Africa and Asia, who bear the brunt.
Dirty air, both in and out of doors, leads strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and such chronic respiratory diseases as asthma.
While most people associate air pollution with outdoor sources such as factory emissions and cars, the WHO report says indoor pollution causes close to 4 million deaths a year.
"Three-billion people around the world...almost half of the world global population...are still relying on very polluting fuels for cooking or heating or lighting the house," Dr. Neira says.
They include kerosene, wood, and other solid fuels instead of cleaner sources such as electricity and gas.
Dr. Neira announced WHO will convene the first-ever global conference on air pollution at the end of October in Geneva, looking to come up with interventions and solutions.
UN Says Burma Needs 'Proper Investigation' into Alleged Atrocities Against Rohingya
Myanmar must hold a "proper investigation" into alleged atrocities against the Rohingya, a high-level UN delegation said Tuesday.
The Security Council delegation was the most senior group of international officials to visit Burma's Rakine state since last August, when violence against the Muslims sent more than 700,000 refugees fleeing for their lives into neighboring Bangladesh.
U.S. and U.N. officials call the violence against the Rohingya ethnic cleaning.
British Ambassador to the U.N. said that either Myanmar's government can carry out a probe or it can be referred to the International Criminal Court.
The ambassadors met with top Burmese officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi and military chief General Min Aung Hlaing. They talked about making sure conditions are safe for the refugees to return home.
The diplomats asked Burma to sign the memorandum of understanding with the U.N. and Bangladesh for a repatriation that is "safe, voluntary and dignified".