One in four deaths among children is due to pollution

According to new reports published by the World Health Organization, pollution is accountable for a quarter of deaths among all children under five, being lack of sanitation, unsafe water and toxic air the main causes.

The WHO insisted that contaminated environments generate up to 1.7 million deaths among children every year. Nevertheless, a great number of them could be successfully prevented by global interventions already well-known.

Latest reports warn that pollution dramatically increases the risk of suffering from pneumonia and other chronic lung conditions such as asthma. Moreover it may raise the risk of heart diseases and cancer.

Air pollution is uprising at an alarming rate around the world, with most of large cities covered by unhealthy air. In fact, almost two billion children actually live in places where air pollution exceeds limits implemented by the World Health Organization.

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