UN warns that 300 million children have toxic air to breathe

UN warns that 300 million children have toxic air to breathe

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Approximately 300 million children live in an environment where toxic substances around them hang, says the the children’s fund of the United Nations, Unicef.

The organization therefore stores alarm because children according to the organization, much more susceptible to toxins in the air than adults. It may be their lungs and also brain damage.

This live one in seven children in a dangerous environment, six times more than what the world health organization (WHO) is striving for.

Unicef has published these figures on Monday in New York. The figures came about after research and calculations of satellite imagery.


Especially children in east and South – East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and in the region around the Pacific Ocean, life in the polluted air. Cities with the most polluted air in the world, Onitsha (Nigeria), Zabol (Iran), Gwallor (India), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Peshawar (Pakistan). Children in Europe and North America have the least polluted air in.

The report comes a week before the climate conference, COP 22 in the Moroccan Marrakesh, where extra attention is paid to air pollution.

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