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Chile’s ‘Clean Air’ Ruling Offers Hope on World Environment Day

Expand Students march to demand action on climate change, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, March 15, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Esteban Felix Clean air is a core component of the right to a healthy environment. So says the UN expert on human rights and environment to mark the occasion of World Environment Day. The residents of Chile’s coastal region of Quintero and Puchuncaví know first-hand how air pollution can impact their rights to health and a healthy environment. In August and September 2018, two toxic air pollution incidents in the region caused a public health crisis which caused more than 300…

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