Millions to die prematurely by '50 due to pollution: UN -Vishwa Mohan

-The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Flagging the deadly impact of air and water pollution that annually claims at least nine million lives globally, a new UN report on Wednesday called for urgent action to save humanity from the disastrous consequences of environmental degradation.

It warned that cities and regions in Asia, middle-east and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by mid-century if the nations fail to drastically scale up environmental protection measures and noted that water pollution alone will become the number one cause of death in the world by 2050. It highlighted that the fresh water system will see anti-microbial resistance due to pollutants, saying it will not only cause human deaths but also disrupt endocrine, impacting male and female fertility, as well as child neuro-development.

The report, produced by 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries including India, was released on the sidelines of the ongoing UN Environment Assembly at Nairobi in Kenya.

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The Times of India, 14 March, 2019,

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