Healthy Air, Healthy Climate

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Cities, air pollution, climate change and health: Scaling up solutions

14 September, Event organized by BreatheLife Campaign/UnmaskMyCity

Sandra Cavalieri

This round-table event will showcase the solutions-oriented advocacy and initiatives underway in Unmask My City and of BreatheLife cities, highlighting the powerful potential to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, deliver clean air in our cities, and protect people’s health. Discussion will focus on the way forward to scale up solutions.

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Air pollution causes 6.5 million deaths per year1

 Air pollution presents serious risks to public health. More than 80% of people living in urban areas where air quality is monitored are exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) safety limits, increasing the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory diseases and stroke.2 Today, health practitioners are coming together to raise the importance of safe, clean air for their patients and the climate.

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CITIES

From sustainable urban transport and active travel initiatives to renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels, we call for policies and programmes to meet the World Health Organisation’s air quality guidelines.

Adana

With a population of 1.7 million, Adana lies at the southern part of Turkey, in the heart of Çukurova, which is rich in agricultural production and home to 6 million people.
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Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, and with 1.5 million inhabitants. It is the biggest city in the Western Balkan region. Belgrade means “White City”, but it no longer…
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Çanakkale

With a population of 520,000, Çanakkale lies at the corner of the Aegean and Marmara seas. The city has hosted a number of notorious battles, including throughout the First World War, and has many historical monuments.
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Hatay

With a population of 1.5 million, Hatay is the border city of Turkey and Syria. Iskenderun, a major town in the city, acts as a port for the heavy industry and coal power…
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Istanbul

With a population of 16 million, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and the country’s beating heart of commerce, technology and industry. Unfortunately, Istanbul has…
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London

London leads by example on air pollution by discouraging private vehicles use, accelerating the shift to electric public transport, and investing in active transport.
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Salt Lake City

Utah evokes images of beautiful landscapes, top ski resorts and the Great Salt Lake. However, it has also become known for its polluted air.
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Sofia

Sofia is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. It constantly breaches both World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Union (EU) air quality safety levels, increasing the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory diseases and stroke.
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Tuzla

The quality of air in the Bosnian town of Tuzla has not improved for years. One of the main threats to the health of residents of this area comes from high concentrations of fine particles and harmful gases.
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Warsaw

Poland has some of the worst air in Europe. It constantly breaches both World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Union (EU) air quality standards, resulting in more…
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Can’t find your city?

Do you want safe, clean air in your city? Speak to us about becoming part of this global initiative for healthy air and a healthy climate.
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[1] http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2016/air-pollution-estimates/en/
[2] http://www.who.int/phe/health_topics/outdoorair/databases/cities/en/

Principal photography © Greg McNevin