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Media Outlets Continue To Cover Study, UNICEF Report On Impact Of Air Pollution On Babies

CNBC: Millions of babies are breathing in toxic air, UNICEF report says
“Nearly 17 million babies under the age of one are living in places where air pollution is ‘at least six times higher’ than international limits, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its report, Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children,’ states that breathing in particulate air pollution can both undermine cognitive development and damage brain tissue…” (Frangoul, 12/6).

Deutsche Welle: UNICEF: Contaminated air threatens millions of babies
“‘Not only do pollutants harm babies’ developing lungs: They can permanently damage their developing brains — and, thus, their futures,’ UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said. The report urges parents to reduce children’s exposure to harmful chemicals, including from tobacco products and cooking stoves. It also urged public authorities to invest in cleaner renewable energy and to make it feasible for children to travel at times of day with diminished pollution, as well as to zone major sources of pollution far away from schools, clinics and hospitals…” (12/6).

U.N. News Centre: Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air, UNICEF warns
“Satellite imagery reveals that South Asia has the largest proportion of babies under the age of one living in the worst-affected areas, with 12.2 million babies residing where outdoor air pollution exceeds six times international limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The East Asia and Pacific region is home to some 4.3 million babies living in areas that exceed six times the limit…” (12/6).

Newsweek: Air pollution is harming unborn babies and decreasing the benefits of exercise
“Air pollution from road traffic could have detrimental effects on your baby’s health. In particular, pregnant women who breathe dirty air could have babies with low birth weight, according to a new study published in The BMJ on Tuesday. And air pollution is also negating the benefits of exercise, another study, published on Tuesday in The Lancet, showed…” (Pereira, 12/6).

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