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Jordan - Princess Sumaya: Air pollution major cause of death in worldwide


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, Nov. 23 (Petra) -- President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, said that air pollution is one of the major causes of death in the world, as statistics indicate an annual death toll of 7 million people as a result of causes related to the quality of ambient and indoor air.
In a speech delivered on her behalf by the Vice President of the RSS / Executive Director of Sustainable Solutions, Rafat Assi, Her Highness pointed out the need to focus on suspended particles with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), which pose a great danger to human health, especially children, stressing that these particles settle in the lungs, causing serious respiratory diseases.
During her patronage of a national workshop on the quality of ambient and indoor air and its health effects, held on Tuesday, Her Highness stressed the need to exert effort and cooperate with all concerned parties to enact legislation and laws related to indoor air quality. She also noted the need to continue monitoring the surrounding air and ensuring its quality.
Her Highness praised the close cooperation between the RSS and the Ministry of Environment in the field of ambient air monitoring since the 1990s through the operation and management of 12 ambient air monitoring stations in various regions in the Kingdom that may be exposed to air pollutants, within the National Ambient Air Quality Network of the Ministry of Environment.
Her Highness indicated that the results of monitoring within the national network showed an improvement in the levels of some pollutants as a result of implementing a package of strategic environmental projects.
The workshop, organized by the RSS and in cooperation with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Royal Society for Health Awareness and our Council for Community Development, aims to shed light on the dangers of exposure to air pollution and its impact on adults and children, especially those in the early stages of development.

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