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Excessive Air Pollution Affects 92% Of World Population, Contributes To Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO Report Shows

Agence France-Presse: Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO
“Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year…” (9/27).

Associated Press: WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
“More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, and other problems, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The U.N. health agency said in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, with Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, and Western Pacific regions hardest hit…” (9/27).

TIME: Unsafe Air Pollution Levels Affect 9 in 10 People Globally, Report Says
“… ‘Air pollution continues take a toll on the health of the most vulnerable populations — women, children, and the older adults,’ said Flavia Bustreo, WHO assistant director general, in a statement. ‘For people to be healthy, they must breathe clean air from their first breath to their last’…” (Worland, 9/27).

VOA News: WHO: 9 in 10 People Breathe Bad Air
“…The data came from around 3,000 sites across the world and measured the amount of small, dangerous particulate matter in the air…” (9/27).

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