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United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) 

The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is a committee within the United Nations which is accountable for primarily environmental activities. The UNEP was founded in 1972 and is based in Kenya. UNEP’s main activities concern activities related to climate change, environmental governance, ecosystem management and much more.

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The Future of Automobiles 

Electric cars are a very promising candidate for the future of automobiles. They are a environmentally safer alternatives to fossil fuel vehicles.

Many oil dependent countries will strongly oppose this since their main source of revenue is through their oil fields. Currently, only first world countries are actively looking to invest in electric cars as an alternative. The action radius of these cars is insufficient for long distance travel as compared to fossil fuels and moreover, the batteries are very expensive. Furthermore, the batteries are lithium-based which is also a continuously depleting source. It is up to the committee delegates to decide the direction this topic should take.


Regulating the Shifting Smog

Smog (smoke and gas) is a type of air pollutant . The formation of smog can be caused by emissions from cars, factories, forest and agricultural fires and photochemical reactions of these emissions.

Smog is a serious problem in many cities and continues to harm human health. It can increase levels of asthma and can cause different chest and coughing irritations and in the worst case, lung cancer. Smog results in a decrease in plant growth and causes immense damage to crops and forests. Vegetables like peanuts, cotton and tomatoes can be infected when exposed to smog. The danger of smog is that it increasing due to fast modernization or industrialization. A country like China is still quite dependent on industrial workforces which cause a lot of ozone-emission which then results in smog covering the entire country. Weird weather patterns might occur in areas originally not covered in smoke. Parts of Hong Kong are affected by the smog in other parts of China and also countries like Japan, the US and India are affected by smog caused in China.
This means smog is becoming an issue not only within countries, but also between countries. This calls for international collaboration to reach a practical solution.