The World Health Organization estimates that 7 million people die each year from diseases caused by air pollution, most of them in low- and middle-income countries. Nine out of ten people globally are exposed to excessive air pollution levels.
Over 90 percent of people on Earth are breathing high levels of pollutants, according to a World Health Organization report. The UN body warned that toxins in the air can lead to strokes, heart attacks and lung cancer.
Violent protests in a city in southern Iran have once again showed the growing public discontent with the way the Middle Eastern country is governed. Observers anticipate more anti-regime demonstrations.
That the EU has to sue six countries for violating its air pollution levels demonstrates the vast power auto and energy lobbies exert over governments. But as usual, citizens are likely to bear the burden in the end.
African markets are full of cheap bootleg Chinese versions of their textiles. As China comes under US pressure to respect laws on intellectual property rights, should Africa also take a stand?
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