On November 13, Oslo joined the global BreatheLife network, as the newest city to declare support in the campaign for cleaner air. The city of about 670,000 aspires to an ambitious set of air quality standards, targeting stricter limits than those established by the country of Norway — which are already stricter in some areas […]
As the seasons change and the weather turns cold in the northern hemisphere, millions of homes in Europe, Asia and North America turn to fireplaces and wood stoves for warmth. But these bright cozy fires often have a dark side, hurting both the environment and our health. The Burn Right campaign exposes this harmful impact […]
How can cities and countries expand the circle of awareness about air pollution’s deadly health impacts? About fifty experts from 10 major cities and 18 countries across Latin America met 18-20 October in Medellín, Colombia at the first BreatheLife workshop. Through a series of informative panels and breakout sessions, participants considered tools and tactics ranging from […]
London joined the BreatheLife network on October 4 as the world’s first mega-city to commit to reaching WHO’s air quality guidelines. These “gold standard” recommendations for air quality set serious limits on health-harmful pollutants.
Bus manufacturers to bring clean power buses to 20 cities
On September 27, four major bus manufacturers announced their commitment to soot-free engine technology. Starting in 2018, BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses will offer these low-emission buses for sale in 20 megacities around the world.
BreatheLife at 29th Pan-American Conference of Ministers of Health in Washington, DC
The 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference met September 25-29 in Washington, DC, hosted by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. This annual conference brings together ministers of health and other high-level delegates from across the Americas. Participants share information and ideas about preventing disease and promoting health. The conference also featured […]
The District’s core strategy for cleaner air is outlined in the Clean Energy DC plan, an ambitious vision for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2032 and 80 percent by 2080. The bold plan positions the District as a global leader in fighting climate change; it also offers a roadmap to cleaner air and healthier citizens.
Aburrá Valley, Colombia joins the global BreatheLife campaign
Medellín and the surrounding Aburrá Valley Metropolitan Area join the BreatheLife Global campaign with an ambitious plan for sustainable solutions for cleaner air. Everyone in the region, from governments to citizens, has a vital contribution to make. And with changes to simple habits, we can all be part of the solution — and not the pollution.
Greater Manchester celebrates National Clean Air Day
National Clean Air Day is giving people all over the UK an opportunity to talk about the impacts of air pollution and the importance of clean air. People are taking pledges to make their own contributions to cleaner air… and urging their friends and neighbors to do the same. To mark the occasion, here’s […]
Talca’s air quality strategy is focused on reducing smoke from firewood. The strategy includes measures such as improved weatherization and thermal insulation of homes to lower heating demands, and overhauling wood stoves and replacing outdated heaters.
Jalisco State, Mexico Joins the BreatheLife Campaign
The Mexican state of Jalisco joins the BreatheLife campaign with a comprehensive 11-point plan for improving air quality and fighting climate change in its eight major cities and 33+ towns and communities, with around 7.8 million residents total. Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city and Jalisco's capital, is at the forefront of the action.
Greater Manchester City Region Launches BreatheLife Campaign
Greater Manchester City Region is home to 2.7 million people, and expected to reach a population of 3 million by 2040. Greater Manchester, which encompasses ten boroughs, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the UK. The city region's Air Quality Action Plan encompasses 39 concrete measures across seven focus areas.