8 million people die per year due to pollution and more environmental news

Finish your week reading the most relevant news about the environment .

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Study reveals that 1 in 5 deaths is related to pollution

The report, published in the journal Environmental Research and carried out by researchers from Harvard University and the British universities Birmingham, Leicester and University College London, concluded that more than 8 million people die prematurely from pollution in the air . According to the study, this pollution is a consequence of the burning of fossil fuels . Previously, the WHO estimated that deaths from carbon dioxide pollution summed up to 7 million people annually . This new study even confirms that death from pollution is more dangerous than tobacco consumption, since it generates both respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to causing different types of cancer.

Maluma committed to the environment

On February 8, the auction for the environment of the Colombian reggaeton Maluma began in the company of the plastic artist, also Colombian, Federico Uribe. The auction is held online and the objects auctioned are the 8 pieces that are part of the singer's latest audiovisual album: # 7DJ . Seven of the pieces belong to the cover of each song that constitutes the album, the eighth piece is the main one since it is the cover of the album.

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The entire profit from the main draw will be delivered to different environmental organizations based in Colombia, among which are: Fundación Amigos del Mar, the Jardín Botánico of Cartagena and Stand Up Providencia. As for the other pieces, 33% of the profit from these will also be donated to the aforementioned organizations. The auction will be open until February 28 .

Preparations begin for the Fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

From February 22 to 23 , the Fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, whose main theme is " Strengthening action by nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals " . The main objective of this meeting is to bring together the leaders of the member states to mobilize and motivate them to share approaches and solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The President of the Assembly will be the Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway , Sveinung Rotevatn.

This fifth session of the Assembly will be extremely important because, despite having been planned since December 2019, the consequences that the COVD-19 pandemic has brought with it forces governments to act faster than ever to face economic crises post-pandemics and the environmental consequences that they bring. This space will be key to evaluating the policies and measures that governments have chosen to achieve the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.