Air pollution and health: How our children will continue to breathe?

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On the other hand, the report stated that the ratio of deaths to the population during a particular period were much higher in the above-mentioned countries in comparison to India.

Air pollution is among the leading threats to child health, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths in kids under five years of age.

About 422,000 premature deaths in 41 European countries were caused by tiny particle matter known as PM2.5 in 2015, of which 391,000 were in the 28-member EU, the report said.

Air pollution-whether it's from cooking and heating fuels, urban transportation, or industrial output-can affect a child's neurodevelopment, hurting their cognitive ability.

Dr Tedros said one reason why children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution is that they breathe more rapidly than adults and so absorb more pollutants.

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Among the World Health Organization report other findings are data indicating that pregnant women are more likely to give birth prematurely when they are exposed to dirty air. "But there are many straight-forward ways to reduce emissions of risky pollutants", Dr. Maria Neira, a director at World Health Organization, said in a statement.

"A country can not say that they want to develop economically, they have to pollute - that is not true".

About 3 billion people continue to use smoky, polluting stoves and fuels inside their homes for cooking and heating. The pollution level nosedived to severe level yesterday, prompting authorities to intensify measures to reduce pollution.

"The lack of visible smog is no indication that the air is healthy". We are talking about putting at risk a new generation of having a reduced IQ.

The report, "Air pollution and child health: Prescribing clean air", examines the heavy toll of both ambient (outside) and household air pollution on the health of the world's children, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

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All industries using coal and biomass as fuel (excluding thermal and waste to energy plants) to remain closed in Delhi and NCR districts from November 4-10 is another order. For pregnant women, it increases the chances of giving birth to babies who are smaller than what is normal for a given duration of gestation, research quoted in the report found.

The economic development data of 41 countries (in Asia and the Pacific) shows that unlike many other nations who managed to control air pollution with economic development, India's air quality got worse with an increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Drisse says this can lead to chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, as well as certain types of cancers later in life. "It contributed evidence of this association that is relevant for high-exposure settings in LMICs that experience the dual health burdens of ambient air pollution and household air pollution", it said. "Most importantly, you just have to stop emitting so much".

Dr Johan Kuylenstierna, co-author and Policy Director or the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at York, said: "This is the first global study of the potential impacts of air pollution on serious asthma attacks that cause people to visit emergency rooms in hospitals around the world".

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