Air Pollution Killed Nearly 500K Infants In 2019, State Of Global Air Study Shows
DW: Air pollution killed nearly half a million newborns in 2019, report finds
“Some 476,000 infants across the world died from the adverse effects of exposure to air pollution in 2019, a new global study has found. The State of Global Air study released Wednesday said nearly two-thirds of those deaths were related to the burning of poor-quality fuels for cooking…” (Jones, 10/21).
The Guardian: Polluted air killing half a million babies a year across globe
“…Exposure to airborne pollutants is harmful also for babies in the womb. It can cause a premature birth or low birth weight. Both of these factors are associated with higher infant mortality. … Babies born with a low birth weight are more susceptible to childhood infections and pneumonia. The lungs of pre-term babies can also not be fully developed. ‘They are born into a high pollution environment, and are more susceptible than children who went to term,’ said Dan Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute in the U.S…” (Harvey, 10/21).