A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) has yielded some amazing results on the impact of pollution on global health. WHO's air pollution statistics suggest that up to 1.8 billion children around the world breathe potentially life-threatening polluted air each day. These results show that much more needs to be done to combat global air pollution.
On Monday, WHO published a press release on its latest report, which focuses on air pollution and child health. In the summary of the report's findings, the published press unveiled the following disturbing statistics:
Every day, 93% of the world's under-15s (1.8 billion children) breathe in air that is so polluted that it affects their health and development introduces seriously endangered. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died of acute lower respiratory tract infections from polluted air.
The press release also found that children are more affected by polluted air than adults Why are such risks associated with their exposure? As the WHO has described, children breathe faster than adults, meaning they breathe airborne pollutants faster. They also have a shorter stature, and because some pollutants are most concentrated near the bottom, children are more exposed to these pollutants.
Finally, with children still in the developmental stage, any impact of pollutants can have serious and lasting consequences. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, found that the risk posed by air pollution to children is extremely problematic. "Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives," he said of the WHO press release. "It's inexcusable, every kid should be able to breathe clean air so it can grow and develop its full potential."
The Guardian reported that air pollution experts consider the WHO report to be important in addressing the urgent need to fully address the issue, such as Mark Watts, executive director of the C40 Cities group Towards cities dealing with air pollution, the moral and practical issue of urgent, bold and emission-reducing measures, including ending the era of fossil fuels, is now absolutely incontrovertible to the newspaper
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For its part, WHO is already taking steps to tackle the problem: as the organization reports on its website, it organizes together with several partners the first global conference on air pollution and health in Ge neva, Sc hweiz from 29.10. – 1.11. The conference aims to raise awareness of the links between air pollution and health and "mobilize the world towards greater commitments to tackle this problem"
The recent WHO report certainly sheds light on the dangerous effects of air pollution , in particular on the health of children. It is hoped that the awareness raised in this report and in other related action initiatives will help to develop robust and fast-acting solutions to reduce air pollution around the world.