9 Out Of 10 People In The World Are Breathing Polluted Air

A staggering 9 out of 10 people around the world are still breathing polluted air, according to new statistics from the World Health Organisation.

The updated estimates suggest that around 7 million people every year are dying because of exposure to fine particles caused by burning non-clean fuels for cooking, public transport, industry and motor vehicles.

These fine particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system and as a result can cause many diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections including pneumonia.

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A child wears a face mask for protection from air pollution in Delhi, India November 14, 2017.

“Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

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