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Air Pollution Seriously Impacts Child Health, Development, WHO Report Warns

U.N. News: More than nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution
“Air pollution is ‘stunting children’s brains’ and affecting their health in more ways than was previously suspected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. In a call for concrete policy pledges from governments across the world to tackle the problem, the U.N. health agency reports that more than nine in 10 youngsters breathe air that is so polluted, ‘it puts their health and development at serious risk.’ The WHO findings — launched on the eve of the agency’s first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health in Geneva — include the estimate that 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air in 2016…” (10/29).

Additional coverage of the WHO report on air pollution and child health is available from Fortune, The Hill, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and VOA News.

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