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To Improve Human Health, We Have To Improve The Health Of The Environment: UNEP India Country Head

Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety and Management (AIETSM) Celebrated World Environmental Health Day through webinar, 'Environment, Climate Change and Impact on Human Health'

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Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety and Management (AIETSM) organized a webinar on 'Environment, Climate Change and Impact on Human Health' to celebrate World Environmental Health Day, to find solutions to 'Global Warming and Climate Change.'  

Atul Bagai, Country Head for United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) India Office said "to improve human health, we have to improve the health of the environment. Everything we eat, drink or breathe is connected to nature. According to the World Health Organization, pollution and environmental problems are the cause of 23 per cent of deaths in the world. The increasing effect of diseases is also affecting our productivity and sociality. We have to understand better the connection between nature and man. We need to understand the impact it is having on human health. We have to adopt a healthy approach that will include both the health of nature and the health of human beings". The development of environmental quality will save us from diseases and thus we need to find solutions to reduce pollution.

Sharing thoughts on the present and future status of polar regions under climate change scenario M. Ravi Chandran, Director, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (ESSO-NCPOR), Ministry of Earth Sciences stated, more important is climate change and the polar relationship. Melting sea ice promotes excessive rainfall, Climate change leads to rising sea levels and with sea-level warming, the intensity of the cyclone increases. The polar region, especially the Arctic, is warming faster than other regions. Chandran said that there is a need for an effective and mitigation policy to protect the risk and uncertainty. 

Ashok Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Education Group said if at present someone asks what is the biggest problem of the world, country, and society, then the answer will be climate change and pollution.  Amity scientists have undertaken a mission towards conducting more researches towards reducing environmental, climate change, and pollution. Climate change is a major challenge facing the world today, which will have to be addressed together on a priority basis. 

Aditya Narayan Singh, Additional Director (O)/Scientist E, Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said the use of fossil fuels is causing climate change for the last 50 years. Climate change is affecting social health. He said that due to the depletion of the ozone layer, ultraviolet rays come directly to the earth. The rays reaching earth directly is very harmful to human beings by leading to various diseases, even the temperature of the earth is increasing. The environment has to be improved through awareness and shared cooperation. 

During the program, Prof. Owen Richards, Associate Director | Global Environment Leader, Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Shenzhen Bristol; Dr. Ajay Nagpure, Head (Associate Director), Air Quality, World Resource Institute; W. Selvamurthy, President - Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation were also present and shared their ideas. 



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