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99% of people in the world are breathing polluted air

WHO calls for the immediate transition from fossil fuel use to clean energy


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Nearly every person on Earth is breathing harmful air pollution.

Unhealthy levels of fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are being inhaled.

Every year, 4.2 million deaths occur due to outdoor air pollution and 3.8 million deaths due to smoke from homes.

17% of cities in high-income countries fall below WHO guidelines for PM2.5 or PM10.

People in low and middle-income countries suffering the highest exposures.

Particulate matter can cause cardiovascular and respiratory problems, as well as cancer.

NO2 is associated with respiratory diseases.

“7 million preventable deaths and countless preventable lost years of good health due to air pollution,” - Maria Neira, WHO Director.

Steps to reduce air pollution: clean energy for cooking, heating and lighting in homes, public transport and pedestrian/cycle-friendly networks, and stricter vehicle emission standards.

“..need to move towards a world that is much less dependent on fossil fuels,” - Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

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Maria Neira

WHO Director, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director General at World Health Organization.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health

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Air Pollution, Policy