Toxic gas released during oil drilling in the Middle East, including by COP28 hosts UAE, is spreading over hundreds of miles, posing a health risk to millions, BBC investigation reveals.

Despite a 20-year-old ban on routine flaring in the UAE, satellite images show ongoing flaring, with major oil companies involved.

The pollution is linked to respiratory issues, cancer, and other health problems. The findings raise concerns ahead of the UN’s COP28 climate summit hosted by the UAE.

The BBC’s analysis highlights the need for urgent action to address the human rights and environmental impact of air pollution from fossil fuels. (Source: BBC)

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