Increased Planetary Health Issues

Strategic Objective
Adaptation
Topics
Adaptation, Biodiversity, Health, Urban, Water and Sanitation
Region
Latin America & Caribbean

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Across the globe, people are struggling to improve air quality, but the sources of pollution that cause the most harm are a moving target. They can differ by location, time of year, and time of day. Frequent exposure to air pollution causes many health problems for community members, and children are at the most risk. Furthermore, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies shows that in order to successfully address climate change, a reduction in air pollutants like black carbon is necessary. One solution to improve air quality and promote positive climate outcomes is to uplift the voices and increase awareness of those who live with the sources of pollution. 
After its success with improving solid waste and water management, the city of Indore, India has consistently been ranked the cleanest city in that country by the government’s annual Swachh Survekshan survey. Now, Indore is focused on having cleaner skies.
March marks the onset of the dry and hot season in Thailand. In the region, dry vegetation coupled with small human-made fires often result in uncontrolled forest fires. Agricultural burning and forest fires, including transboundary haze, contribute to high levels of pollution. Forest fires release particulate matter (PM) into the atmosphere including PM2.5 which are microscopic particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less – 30 times smaller than the diameter of the human hair.