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How ‘Decent Work’ And Climate Resilience Grow Together

How ‘Decent Work’ And Climate Resilience Grow Together

A labourer drinks water as smokes rise from a chimney of a brick factory at Togga village

Photo: Ajay Verma / Reuters

There once was a general view that you had to choose either to promote jobs and economic growth or to protect the planet, and that these options were in tension, almost incompatible. However, there’s an increasing realisation that you can’t do one without the other. At least if we want to give our future a chance, as the threat of climate change shows no signs of slowing down.  Societies and economies in Asia and the Pacific are particularly exposed to that threat. In some areas people are forced to leave their jobs and homes with their families after watching their livelihood, their house, and often all they have…

 

Pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

Hurricane Harvey has resulted in Houston’s petrochemical industry leaking thousands of tons of pollutants, with communities living near plants damaged by the storm exposed to soaring levels of toxic fumes and potential water contamination.

Refineries and chemical plants have reported more than 2,700 tons, or 5.4m pounds, of extra air pollution due to direct damage from the hurricane as well as the preventive shutting down of facilities, which causes a spike in…

 

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