translated from Spanish: Chemical pollution has caused more than 1.6 million deaths in the past three years

Twenergy, a community of sustainable topics created by Endesa, explains that during the last decades urban growth and industrial has produ acid increased chemical pollution, that is highly risky for health and the environment. An example of chemical pollution is acid rain, which according to the community is “a precipitation of any type (rain, particles or snow). with high levels of nitric acid or sulfuric acid It is caused by the emission of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that react with water molecules forming very harmful acids”. Explains that it can be caused by natural phenomena “such as oxides of nitrogen that occur due to lightning, decaying plant material or by volcanic eruptions emitted sulphur dioxide”; or by human activities like the burning of fossil fuels, and in the majority of cases is due to the second, adding pesticides in agriculture, antibiotics and hormones in livestock released dioxin when burn materials containing chlorine, etc. The United Nations Organization for the environment (UN Environment) has alerted mid-March of 2019 on the urgency of taking measures to reduce pollution by chemicals:-according to the World Health Organization (who), a set of selected chemicals claimed 1.6 million lives only in 2016, which is probably an understatement – expected the market of chemical products in the construction industry to grow 6.2% per year, between 2018 and 2023 – expected that the Asia-Pac region ífico will host more than two-thirds of global sales by 2030 – the value of the global chemical industry surpassed the $5 trillion in 2017 and will double by 2030, according to estimates – the benefits of action to minimize adverse impacts of products qui monkeys have been estimated in the tens of billions of dollars a year – international treaties and voluntary instruments have reduced the risks of some chemicals and waste, but progress has been uneven and the gaps in the implementation still backed by its chemicals global Outlook report, the UN confirms that the impacts of this industry, which emits hazardous chemicals continue being released to the environment in large amounts. An example that represents this problem: “until 2018, more than 120 countries not had implemented the system globally harmonized classification and labelling of chemicals”, which establishes harmonized criteria for classifying substances and mixtures with with regard to their physical hazards to health and the environment.

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