Category: Health
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For the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, we talk with the founders of two cleantech startups from India — Swachh and Chakr Innovation — working towards tackling the problem of air pollution. Where the former works towards the ambient air, the latter works targets the emissions from diesel generators, both are committed […]
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By Danish Alam
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A study revealed on Tuesday that air pollution poses a greater health risk to the average individual on planet Earth compared to smoking or alcohol. This threat is escalating, particularly in Asia, which remains the global epicentre of this issue. The average Indian resident is set to lose five years of life expectancy if the […]
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By Bhadra Mahapatra
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On World Drowning Prevention Day, held on July 25 every year, the Lancet published a paper, discussing the challenges in and opportunities for accelerating action on drowning prevention. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, at least 236,000 people die every year due to drowning – making it one of the 10 leading causes of […]
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By LMB Staff
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India’s global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to increase from 933 million in 2016 to 2.4 billion people in 2050, as per the United Nations report. These data paint an alarming situation of the depleting water resources and water scarcity faced by everyone on this planet. There are some people who are trying […]
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By Bhadra Mahapatra
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The European Environmental Agency (EEA) study found that reducing pollution in Europe could lead to controlling cardiovascular diseases. In the assessment, it was seen how by controlling exposure to pollution, and mitigation plans in accordance with climate change, the risk of people suffering from heart attacks could be reduced.  How environment impacts health The study, […]
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By LMB Staff
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A recent report by UN agencies reveals that although high-income countries contribute the most to climate change, the ones bearing the brunt of its impacts are those who have contributed the least. The report, titled ’Born Too Soon: Decade of Action on Preterm Birth’, released by World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and Partnership for Maternal […]
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By LMB Staff
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A comprehensive report released by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has highlighted the staggering consequences of extreme weather events over the past 50 years. The study unveils a distressing reality, with 2 million lives lost and a staggering $4.3 trillion in economic damages caused by weather-related disasters. These figures underline the urgent need […]
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By LMB Staff
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A dust storm accompanied by strong winds hit Delhi, on Tuesday, causing reduced visibility and impacting air quality. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts that the dust storm will continue for the next two days. The sudden gusts of wind lifted localised dust particles, exacerbating air pollution in the capital city. The IMD’s daily update […]
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By LMB Staff
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A new report from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reveals that heatwaves will last 12-18 days longer in most parts of India, including peninsular India and the coasts, by 2060. In another study, released last week, it was revealed that over 90% of India’s total area falls under the “extremely cautious” or “danger zone” for […]
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By Smitha Verma
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After a seven-member expert committee submitted its recommendation to BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), suggesting measures to tackle air pollution in the city, the civic body has formulated its ward-wise action plan. In a circular issued by additional municipal commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar last month, the BMC had notified the need for ward-level task forces to […]
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By Smitha Verma
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In this episode of For Her Future, we take a closer look at the hardships women in Kenya face due to climate change. Mana Omar, Founder of Spring of the arid and semi-arid lands, gives us a glimpse of the daily struggles these women are facing while collecting water for their families. Climate change has […]
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By LMB Staff
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Pollution has gripped Thailand and crippled the lives of people. Chiang Mai, a popular tourist city in the north, was declared the world’s second most polluted city according to reports. As per Thailand’s public health official, the PM2.5 level has been over 51 micrograms per cubic metre of air for more than three consecutive days […]
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By Bhadra Mahapatra
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It’s that time of the year again, when the pollen allergies come back and this time it has gotten worse for the people in the US.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data,  millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year, and climate change is making it worse. About one-quarter of […]
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By LMB Staff
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On an average, 1.8 billion people worldwide bleed every month, mostly using non-biodegradable menstrual products. Every person using sanitary pads contributes 60 kilograms of waste in their lifetime. And one sanitary pad may contain as much plastic as four supermarket bags, which may take 500-800 years to decompose. But all is not doom and gloom. […]
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By LMB Staff
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Apart from smartphones, London’s teenagers now have another nemesis that can abnormally increase their blood pressure. King’s College London recently conducted a new study published in PLOS One journal, which observes that air pollution in London can cause an increase in the systolic blood pressure of adolescents. The study suggests that a nominal increase of […]
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By Danish Alam
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Around 10 million people could die annually by 2050 due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report launched in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Tuesday, highlighting the need to curtail pollution created by the pharmaceuticals, agricultural and healthcare sectors.  The study highlights how the major causes of this looming crisis are […]
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By Danish Alam
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It’s that time of the year again when poor air quality, respiratory diseases, and a rise in hospitalisation increases in most parts of Northern India. While an air quality tracker report by NCAP put India’s capital Delhi as the most polluted city of 2022, poor air is not just restricted to one country. Two days […]
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By Smitha Verma
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Koli fishing communities have been living and working along the coastal waters of Mumbai in Maharashtra in India, for over 500 years. Today, climate change has dealt a severe blow to their livelihood. For them, no fish means no food on the plate. “There’s only dirty sewage water and garbage, there’s no fish. This year […]
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By LMB Staff
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As COP15 enters into its third day, a coalition has called upon the world leaders to protect primary forests as part of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The Primary Forest Alliance (PFA) demanded a moratorium on industrial development in primary forests  The day also saw 46 countries signing a statement that said “collaborate and conclude […]
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By LMB Staff
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Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi, a climate activist from Nigeria, educates people about the adverse impacts of fossil fuels and how they increase air pollution. To fight climate change, his only ask is to end the licensing of new oil contracts.  “We just have been saying stop licensing new oil deals, stop the over-reliance on oil and […]
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By LMB Staff
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If there’s any country that has been clearly vocal about the need for loss and damage fund at this COP, then it has been none other than Pakistan. The country faced devastating floods and other extreme weather events this year. Meet Rida Rashid, a 19-year-old climate activist from Pakistan, who has lost five members of […]
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By Rida Rashid
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On Food Day, a new campaign was launched at COP27 called “Bean is how”. It promotes how beans benefit our health, and the environment. SDG2 Advocacy Hub is the organisation behind this campaign. In this episode we will give you the reasons why you should add beans to your plate.
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By LMB Staff
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According to a Lancet study, Climate change is already harming people’s health by increasing the number of extreme weather events and exacerbating air pollution. If nothing is done to mitigate, its impacts could burden an entire generation with disease and illness throughout their lives.Mohd Ouljha is at COP27 demanding climate justice for future generations. He […]
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By Mohd. Oulhaj
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Once again, as winter sets in, the capital city of India has been engulfed in severe air pollution. The thick smog that blanketed Delhi for the second consecutive day has led to GRAP coming into force.  The poor air quality is primarily due to unfavourable meteorological conditions and raging farm fires in Punjab. For the […]
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By LMB Staff
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The second panel discussion, in the run-up to the World Environment Day highlighted the role of promoting cycling in cities and creating an infrastructure around it. The panel ‘Cycling: A Sustainable Mode of Transportation’ was organised by LetMeBreathe and UN Environment Programme, India. The four-membered panel discussed how India can bolster the adoption of a […]
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By Payel Sen
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As another World Food Safety Day dawns upon us, time has come to reevaluate food safety in attaining sustainable development goals (SDGs). Every year, the World Food Safety Day is observed on June 7 as a way to draw attention towards prevention, detection and management of foodborne risks. The theme this year is safer food, […]
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By LMB Staff
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You must have heard of a man who asked Canada for a medically assisted suicide due to his anxiety about the planet. Yes, we are talking about Howard Breen, the 68-year-old eco-activist known for super-gluing himself to log booms, stopping air traffic on tarmacs, and hunger strikes. In 2017, Breen was diagnosed with clinical eco-anxiety […]
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By Payel Sen
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As we celebrate World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year will be due to environmental causes. Not surprising, that the WHO has dedicated this year to ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ to keep humans and planet healthy and create societies […]
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By suchamojo
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The first-ever Middle East and North Africa Regional Climate Week will accelerate collaboration and integrate climate action into global pandemic recovery. Building forward opens an opportunity to address social inequalities and invest in economic development that is good for humanity and nature. MENA Climate Week 2022 provides a platform for governments, cities, private sector leaders, financial […]
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By LMB Staff
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Are you tired of overcrowded localities? Do you feel that the green cover in your locality is shrinking? Do you think your city is becoming uninhabitable for future generations? Do we have enough green spaces? What do we need to do to transform our urban areas into healthy places to live? Green spaces are associated […]
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