China hosts World Environment Day 2019
Approximately seven million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about four million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
The Government of China has committed to organising World Environment Day celebrations across multiple cities, with Hangzhou, in the province of Zhejiang, to host the main event.
China with its growing green energy sector, has emerged as a climate leader. The country owns half the world’s electric vehicles and 99% of the world’s electric buses. By hosting World Environment Day 2019, the Chinese government will be able to showcase its innovation and progress toward a cleaner environment.
According to a new UN report on air pollution in Asia and the Pacific, implementing 25 technology policies could see up to a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide and a 45% reduction in methane emissions globally, leading to a third of a degree Celsius saving of global warming.
Air Pollution facts:
Some 92% of people worldwide do not breathe clean air.
Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs.
Ground level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26% by 2030.