The Issues

In Latin America and the Caribbean, at least 100 million people are exposed to air pollution above World Health Organization (WHO) recommended levels. Poor air quality also has significant economic consequences - poor health resulting from air pollution costs billions of dollars annually in medical costs and lost productivity.

In the LAC region, the predicted impacts of climate change are severe. Experts predict a rise in sea level, water supply shortages, flooding, decreased crop yields, increases in mortality rates and an increase in the occurrence of infectious diseases. The region may face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from these effects.

The Challenges

The Region has made many in-roads into addressing these issues. However, current and projected increases in levels of air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases confirm that there is a critical need for more integrated, forward-looking, comprehensive measures to improve air quality and minimize risks associated with climate change at the local, national, regional, and international levels across the Region.

As the impacts of air pollution and climate change on public health and the environment are better understood, the need to adopt strategies that effectively integrate air quality and climate change considerations into social and economic development planning becomes more apparent.

By donating to CAI you can help remove barriers to the adoption of these strategies and push for higher level awareness, acknowledgement of and action on these issues.