26 Jul 2017 Story Chemicals & waste

Accounting for Pollution: Greening the SDGs

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word pollution?

Billowing dark clouds rising out of a smokestack at a local factory. Thousands of cars on a highway adding to the smog layer above. Or maybe the iridescent shine of an oil spill as it meets fresh water?

The typical images we tend to think about – and consequently work to address – are usually the most visible.  But it’s what we can’t see that poses the biggest threat to our health and livelihoods. The tiny, all-but-invisible particles that form those billowing clouds can enter our lungs causing respiratory or cardiovascular disease. Unseen, highly toxic chemicals leaching into our soil and eventually our food affect brain functioning and children’s development.

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