A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) official has hailed the Chinese government’s efforts to combat air pollution, local media reported on Thursday.
The director of corporate services at UNEP, Sonja Leighton-Kone, made the announcement at a welcome reception of Wu Peng as the 16th Chinese Ambassador to Kenya.
“China is cutting greenhouse gas emissions through increased use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power.
“China’s efforts to reduce air pollution over the last couple of decades is a testament to what can be achieved with an enormous investment of time, resources and political will,’’ Leighton-Kone said.
According to her, China is already a global leader in use of renewable energy in the world.
She added that understanding China’s air pollution story is crucial for any nation, district or municipality that wishes to follow a similar path.
“Cities around China are following suit and countries across the region and further afield are also looking to learn from China,” she added.
Leighton-Kone noted that there have been several initiatives in which UNEP has been able to partner with China, including the Green Economy Initiative and the International Coalition for Green Development on the Belt and Road.
According to the UN agency, air pollution exacerbates the current climate crisis.
“The main culprit being carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.
“But there are other more potent climate forcers, like methane, black carbon, ozone and hydrofluorocarbons.
“These have ,however, threatened the wealth, security, and quality of life that we have grown accustomed to and want for our children,’’ Leighton-Kone stressed.
Ekiti Inaugurates Court To Stem Cross Border Crimes
Determined to stem cross border crimes and bring justice nearer to the people, a new Chief Magistrate’s Court has been...
Prize Winning German Author Brigitte Kronauer Dies At 78
German writer Brigitte Kronauer, who was awarded the Georg Buechner literary prize in 2005 has died at the age of...
Lagos NUJ Mourns Late Channels TV Reporter
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council, on Tuesday commiserated with Channels Television management over the unfortunate death of...
Court Remands 4 For Defiling 16-year-old Girl In Lagos
An Ikeja Magistrates’s Court on Tuesday remanded four men -Nurudeen Suraju, Sodiq Babatunde and two teenagers – charged with gang-defiling...
Shi’ite Protest: Buhari Mourns Channels TV Reporter, DCP Umar
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member with Channels Television, who died during...
NGO Decries Blood Tonic Abuse Among Youths
Vanguard against Drug Abuse (VGADA), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has expressed worry over the abuse of a popular blood tonic...
WaterAid Plans Construction Of Water Boreholes In Enugu, Says Official
Mr Christopher Ogbu, the Coordinator, Small Town Water and Sanitation Unit, has said the organisation had planned to construct water...
Others20 hours ago
Kogi Gov’ship: Melaye Appoints Campaign D-G
SPORTS21 hours ago
Why I Visited Cosgrove – Ahmed Musa
NEWS21 hours ago
Unrealistic Demands Delay Implementation Of New Minimum Wage- HoS
POLITICS11 hours ago
Between Akpabio’s Loss And Shocking Revelations At Tribunal
NEWS21 hours ago
PMB Summons IGP Over Shittes Protest
OPINION9 hours ago
Mr President, Nigerian Workers Deserve More Than Living Wage
NEWS19 hours ago
Police Takeover Investigation Of Rape Allegation Against Fatoyinbo
NEWS24 hours ago
JUST-IN: Many Injured As Police Clash With Shiites In Abuja