Die risiko's om terug te gaan na 'n vuil toekoms
Within a few months the world had changed. Thousands of people have already died. And millions more, have fallen ill from the unknown corona virus before it appeared in the city of Wuhan in December 2019. For millions of people who have not caught the disease, their entire lives have been changed by it.
Air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk in our countries. With the problem greatest in cities, according to the EER. Air pollution is a strong driver of lung and heart conditions, which are being linked to higher Covid-19 death rates. Particulate matter (PM), Nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and ground-level ozone cause the most harm. And lead to about 400,000 premature deaths annually. NO₂ comes mainly from transport and industry, while domestic heating and agriculture are also important sources of PM. There are multiple infringement procedures underway against EU countries for failing on air quality. NO₂, and to a lesser extent PM, has geval in baie dele van Europa tydens Covid-19-afsluitingsmaatreëls.
Covid-19 Mediese afval
Vullis besmet met liggaamsvloeistowwe of ander kontaminante het 'n groot bron van kommer vir hospitale geword omdat hulle pasiënte met COVID-19 behandel. Pasiënte en gesondheidsorgwerkers gaan vinnig oor na nie-herbruikbare persoonlike beskermende toerusting soos mediese voorrade en maskers. Uiteindelik sal die ratstapel as mediese afval gebruik word, wat veilig moet weggegooi word.
FSF-IHCE sluit 'n verbintenis in om 'n aksieplan met nulbesoedeling voor te lê met belangrike inisiatiewe om lugbesoedeling te verminder.