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Global combat of air pollution gulps $3.5trn annually – Report

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

Sequel to rampant air pollution across the world, not less than $3.5 trillions must be spent on annual basis to combat the environmental hazard, United Nations Environmental Protection report has revealed.

The UNEP report, according to the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s federal ministry of Environment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote during World Environmental Day in Abuja, also disclosed that no fewer than 7 million people die of air pollution across the globe.

Speaking on 2019 WED theme: “Air Pollution”, Odusote, who was represented by the Director Human Resources Management in the ministry, Daniang Peter lamented how the environmental hazard has continually depleted ozone layer, which is presently causing the increase in temperature across the world.

“It is frightening to know that on yearly basis, an estimated 7 million people worldwide die untimely due directly or indirectly to poor air quality. It is also estimated that 92% of the world population breathe unclean air and this has cost the global economy a whooping USD 3.5 trillion on yearly basis.

“Most worrisome is the issue of ozone layer depletion that has over the years gradually exacerbated the ever increasing world temperature with resultant effects on agriculture, human health, and biodiversity in general,” she stated.

Daniang noted that Nigerian government, through its Environment ministry is no stone unturned to address all issues relating to air pollution, adding clean-up of Ogoniland is part of the efforts to tackle the hazard in the South South region of the country.

Earlier, the director, planning research and statistics of the ministry, Mrs Bolatito Obisesan stated that the entire world has accepted that our collective efforts are required to beat “Air Pollution”

According to her, the 2019 World Environmental Day (WED) is coming at a time when the whole world is agreed on the need to do something about the danger of air pollution.

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