Monday, October 31, 2016
Toxic air and kids
Three billion kids breathe air and risk serious health effects including damage to their lungs, brain and other organs. A tenth of these kids are exposed to pollution levels more than six times higher than standards set by the World Health Organization. Children face much higher health risks from air pollution than adults. Children breathe twice as quickly, taking in more air in relation to their body weight, while their brains and immune systems are still developing and vulnerable. 600,000 children below the age of five across the world die each year from air pollution-related diseases.