Nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution

Nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution

According to the report, titled, 'Air Pollution and Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air, ' 93%(1.3 billion) of the children under the age of 15 years breath polluted air which puts their health and development at an extreme risk.

The agency noted that an estimated 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections due to polluted air in 2016. It states that pregnant women may give birth prematurely and have small or low-birth-weight children.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General has reportedly said that the polluted air is not only ruining the lives of millions of children across the globe while adding that it is inexcusable.

They are also closer to the ground, where some pollutants have higher concentrations, the authors added.

The most tragic thing about these 7 million deaths is that they are so preventable.

Many auto owners are unhappy with the court's decision as they feel that a well maintained vehicle, even if older than 10 years in case of diesels and older than 15 years in case of petrols, will pollute much lesser than improperly maintained, younger cars.

WHO Global Ambient Air Quality Database (update 2018), released in May, says the air pollution related mortality and disease burden India faces is also the highest in the world.

Another type of pollutant was remarkably present in the Africa, where people are exposed to high levels of HAP triggered by the widespread use of fuel and polluting technologies in the basic daily needs, such as cooking, heating and lighting.

Not only can air pollution cut a child's life short, it can also lead to health burdens lasting a lifetime.

The report is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership (APCAP), and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and was launched at WHO's first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health.

The report was published on Monday, two days after the health body said air pollution claims seven million lives worldwide annually. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, noted that the level of risk at which air pollution is placing children is exceedingly problematic.

The quality of air in Delhi-NCR seems to be getting worse by the day.

"From garbage/stubble burning to dusty roads, vehicular emission and use of diesel generators, the teams will be mandated to curb local source of air pollution and take strict action against violators responsible for sources of air pollution across Delhi", Hussain's office said.

The court was also presented with a note prepared by the Chairman of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA), containing photographs showing the "terrible state of affairs with regard to pollution" in various parts of Delhi.

"We are preparing the ground for low-emission power generation, cleaner, safer industrial technologies and better municipal waste management", she said.



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