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UN environmental report : experts: Poor environmental conditions lead to millions of deaths

The United Nations environment programme presented on Wednesday officially launched its "Global Environment Outlook (GEO) at the state of the earth". In this assessment, the global environmental situation and the outlooks for the next decades, more than 250 scientists from 70 countries have participated in this. The Tenor of the report: humanity is changing the planet increasingly in a way that threatens the foundations of life and health. But they would have the resources and technologies to effectively and sustainably counter.

"the Action in unprecedented scale" is necessary

the Report asked governments around the world to change course. Literally, it means: "It is Acting in an unprecedented scale is urgently needed to stop the Situation, and repent." UN experts presented the document at an international conference in Nairobi. In Kenya's capital, Minister for the environment, and experts are currently advising on the "United Nations Environment Assembly". Germany is represented by Secretary of state Jochen Flasbarth.

among the demands of the experts, the protection of the environment on a massive scale, and to coordinate at the international level. That would otherwise cause damage to Health due to poor environmental conditions of plastic waste burden on top of poor water and air quality to antimicrobial resistance by 2050, especially in Asia, the middle East and Africa, millions of premature deaths. A quarter of the diseases and premature deaths worldwide would now (the report refers to this statement on data from the year 2012) "influence of environmental risks" caused. Also, the destruction of Ecosystems threaten massively the livelihoods of many people, the report says.

lack of awareness

Although the scientific, technological and financial possibilities for an effective course were exchange available, there was a lack of awareness as well as support and Initiative of wide sections of the population, as well as on the part of the economic and political elites. In addition, the gap between the poor open and Rich, warn the experts. Excessive consumption, food waste, and pollution in the industrialised countries will lead in poorer countries to Hunger, poverty and diseases are increasing. As contaminated drinking water and inadequate sanitary conditions annually caused the death of around 1.4 million people. Even more dangerous is the air pollution. Annually were estimated between six and seven million people.

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of The more than 700-page report is the sixth of its kind. He is referred to by the UN as the most comprehensive to date. The fifth edition was published in 2012. (rif)

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