Arab conference warns of increasing health problems associated with air pollution

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 19 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2629
  1. Mimet Meleigy
  1. 1Dubai

    Arab countries are spending huge amounts of money on dealing with health problems associated with vehicle emissions, underlining the need for tighter measures to control air pollution, said speakers at a conference on the issue last week.

    Speaking at the EnviroCities 2008 conference, the environment minister of the United Arab Emirates, Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, warned, “Arab countries spend more than $5bn [£3.3bn; €3.9bn] annually to fight health problems caused by vehicular emissions.

    “The risks of growing pollution levels in the UAE underscore the need to develop the existing laws, standards, and specifications for controlling air pollution in the …

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