Air pollution kills 600,000 children every year, World Health Organisation says

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Air pollution kills 600,000 children every year, World Health Organisation says

"The first-ever conference on air pollution and health by WHO speaks of the urgency to act on rising pollution levels". The enormous toll of disease and death revealed by these new data should result in an urgent call to action for the global community, and especially for those in the health sector, the WHO report says, noting that the impact of air pollution both inside and outside the home is worst in low and middle-income countries.

Last week, the CPCB recommended that people avoid heavy workouts, try to get themselves less exposed to toxic air, and cut down on the use of private cars at least for the next 10 days. "It contributed evidence of this association that is relevant for high-exposure settings in LMICs that experience the dual health burdens of ambient air pollution and household air pollution", it said.

Air pollution can impact a child's development and cognitive ability, and can trigger asthma and childhood cancer, World Health Organization said.

The European Environment Agency on Monday issued its 2018 report on air quality and said emissions from road traffic, agriculture, energy production, industry and households are churning out pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone. A report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday said almost 6,00,000 children were killed globally by acute lower respiratory infections triggered by air pollution in 2016.

There was clear, consistent evidence of an association between ambient air pollution and otitis media, or ear infections, the study said, as well as some evidence of it causing obesity and insulin resistance in children.

Apparently, this move has followed warnings from UNICEF, World Health Organization and the United Nations regarding UK's air pollution.

The average level of PM2.5 - particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameterthat can dangerously clog lungs - was 354 in the city on Monday.

The European Environment Agency has released a report saying that 500,000 premature deaths can be linked to the toxic air we breathe. The researchers, including those from the University of Colorado Boulder and NASA in the USA, said one way to reduce pollutants quickly would be to target emissions from cars, especially in big cities. Residents celebrate by lighting lamps and bursting firecrackers, which have caused a sharp spike in pollution levels in previous years.

It called for acute response policies, measures and actions globally.

"WHO is supporting implementation of health-wise policy measures like accelerating the switch to clean cooking and heating fuels and technologies, promoting the use of cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing and urban planning".

"Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pollution, but they are politically powerless and depend on us to protect them", she added.

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