Pollution and Health
Experts at a seminar Wednesday called for a comprehensive inquiry to explore linkages between health and poverty and factors that negatively influence health sector outcomes. The seminar titled “poverty and social impact of expanded programme for immunization in Pakistan” was organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
“Immunization is the most cost effective health intervention against preventable diseases affecting the poor sections of society”, said the experts. They stressed on researchers to identify gaps with empirical evidences and recommendations for policy makers to improve health situation in the country.
Beijing's government on Friday bowed to a vocal online campaign for a change in the way air quality is measured in the Chinese capital, one of the world's most polluted cities.
Authorities said they would start publishing figures this month showing the smallest, most dangerous pollution particles in the air after considering the wishes of residents, expressed on China's popular microblogs.
The Chinese capital currently bases its air quality information on particles of 10 micrometers or larger, known as PM10, and does not take into account the smaller particulates that experts say are most harmful to human health.
The 11th SAARC Summit conference rescheduled to begin tomorrow in Kathmandu, the capital of the kingdom of Nepal, is expected to give high priority to the conservation of environment—a factor which is a key of poverty alleviation, sustainable development and ecological balance in the South Asia region. Now the responsibility of grappling with environmental degradation and terrorism, the two formidable challenges in recent days has to be shouldered by SAARC, a regional forum established to foster fraternity and mutual co-operation vis-à-vis a spirit of regional block in a bid to accelerate the pace of economic development in the entire region.
Crouched and concentrated, August and Karma rip open knotted plastic bags at the foot of a big pile of rubbish.
Yoghurt cups, paper packaging, plastic, pineapple rinds, cabbage leaves, chicken bones and the like fall out. The young Indonesian men begin sorting. Organic material goes to one side, and bottles, plastic and paper to the other. ''A super job,'' remarks Karma, 23. ''Finally, reliable work.''
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has signed an agreement with four other government agencies for the implementation of a project that seeks to reduce poverty in the country.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo yesterday said the Departments of Finance (DOF), Budget and Management (DBM), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) have agreed to help the DILG implement the Philippine Poverty Environment Initiative (PPEI) project.
PEI Botswana is led by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT). Its other key partners include the Ministry of Agriculture, Office of the President and the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.
Documentary produced for UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Tajikistan country programme.
Central America will attend FITUR 2012 in order to inaugurate its Year of Sustainable Tourism, an initiative set up by the Heads of State and Government of the countries that make up the Region, namely Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. This measure makes part of the Region's Plan 2009-2013, whose purpose is to promote sustainable development through tourism.
Beijing’s winter winds have never been much cause for celebration, typically prompting locals to grumble and groan about the capital’s harsh, frigid weather.
This week, it seems there are worse things than cold weather. A cold front and strong winds that pushed in on Wednesday drove out some of the worst air pollution of the year, and Beijingers found relief in the gusts.