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UNICEF: 300 million children breathing toxic air

31 October 2016
UNICEF: 300 million children breathing toxic air

On 31 October, a new UNICEF report reveals that almost 300 million live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution.

“300 million children live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

“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,” added the Head of UNICEF.

According to UNICEF around 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds minimum air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization. South Asia and Africa have the largest number of children living in these areas.

UNICEF report was published a week ahead of the United Nations Climate Change conference that will take place on 7-18 November in Morocco.

Adapted from the UNICEF

Photo: open sources

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