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WHO Issues Guidance On Reducing Indoor Air Pollutants

Media sources report on the WHO’s recently released recommendations on reducing emissions from health-damaging household pollutants.

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. targets on indoor air pollution aim to save millions of lives each year
“The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] highlighted the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and issued targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cook stoves, space heaters, and fuel-based lamps…” (11/12).

VOA News: Indoor Air Pollution Kills Millions Annually
“…The World Health Organization reports nearly three billion people have no access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking, heating, and lighting. It says more than seven million people die from exposure to indoor or outdoor air pollution each year. Of that number, WHO reports some 4.3 million people, mainly in developing countries, die from household air pollution emitted by rudimentary biomass and coal cookstoves…” (Schlein, 11/12).

WHO: WHO sets benchmarks to reduce health damage from indoor air pollution
“…Millions of people die each year as a result of household air pollution; 34 percent are due to stroke, 26 percent to ischemic heart disease, 22 percent to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 12 percent to childhood pneumonia, and six percent to lung cancer…” (11/12).