World Environment Day, 5 June 2019

04 June 2019

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The theme for World Environment Day 2019 is ‘Take the Mask Challenge’ #BeatAirPollution.  The main types of air pollution are identified as well as ways to mitigate sources of pollution:

  • Agricultural activities producing methane and ammonia, and the burning of waste. 
  • Household burning of fossil fuels, wood and biomass-based fuels. 
  • Industrial pollution, primarily from energy production through coal-burning power plants and diesel generators. 
  • Transport producing carbon dioxide emissions, particularly from diesel emissions. 
  • Waste from burning and organic waste in landfills release substances such as harmful dioxins, furans, methane and black carbon. 
  • Natural processes such as volcanic eruptions, sand and dust storms that may carry pathogens and harmful substances.

Source: World Environment Day Global, 5 June 2019