New report highlights air pollution contributed to nearly 500,000 deaths among infants in their first month of life
A new report out today calls for an urgent collaborative effort to reduce air pollution around the globe. The report, led by Save the Children International, outlines the sources of air pollution, its effects on children and young people, and highlights the work being done to address the issue.
Today is World Clean Air Day. Air pollution is a major health challenge to which children in low to middle income countries are particularly vulnerable:
- Every day around 93 per cent of the world’s children under 19 years breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at risk.
- In 2019, air pollution contributed to nearly 500,000 deaths among infants in their first month of life.
One of the report authors Dr Cressida Bowyer, Deputy Lead for Revolution Plastics at the University of Portsmouth has worked with communities in the Global South, investigating the huge impact the unregulated burning of plastic waste has on air pollution.
Continue reading at University of Portsmouth
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