Beginning soon, the CCAC will launch a worldwide campaign to highlight air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, as a major cause of health problems. As the World Health Organization announced on March 25, 2014 air pollution is now the world's largest single enironmental health risk, causing approximately 7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012. And on May 7, WHO noted that only 12% of people in the 1600 cities in its database breathe air that meets its standards.
The CCAC has always focused strongly on climate change as a major effect of emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, but no less important is disease. The newly constituted CCAC Health Task Force, chaired by WHO and Norway, will lead the CCAC in raising the visibility of this important issue.
For more information on the CCAC and health:
24 July 2014 Japan’s Ministry of Environment and UNEP announce cooperation to tackle air pollution in the Asia-Pacific
17 July 2014 Climate and Clean Air Coalition Now Open to Private Sector Partners
15 July 2014 As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key
10 July 2014 CCAC Oil and Gas Initiative Seeks to Engage Business in Liquids Recovery and Emissions Reduction Efforts
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