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2 billion children suffering from air pollution

United Nations: A shocking new report revealed that around two billion children across the world live in areas suffering from air pollution levels that exceed international guidelines.

 

Majority of the children are being seriously harmed on the planet by heavy us of fossil fuels, dust, burning waste and vehicle emissions.

 

It has also been reported that one in seven children live in areas with most toxic levels which are six times higher than instructions.

 

The experts have claimed that grievous levels of air pollution are known to become the reason of creating diseases like asthma, stroke and lung cancer. The scientists have measured that the children are more likely to get the effects of air pollution.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) had set the global guidelines and the UNICEF, a children-focused agency, used satellites to measure how many children are exposed to outdoor pollution.

 

Moreover, South Asia has the largest number of children living in these areas at 620 million – mainly in northern India, while 520 million youngsters in Africa.

 

While the East Asia and Pacific region has around 450 million children living in areas that exceed guideline limits.
UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake addressed the issue saying that air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children under five every year and it threatens the lives and futures of millions more every day.

He suggested that we can protect our children only when we protect the quality of our air. Both are central to our future.

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