2 billion children, are breathing in toxic air according to a new report from UNICEF entitled Clear the air for children.

 

Outdoor air pollution has gone up by 8% since 2008 and current projections from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development show that the mortality rate for under fives could increase two fold by 2050. It is low income families who are the worst hit, Euronews reports.

 

300 million children are breathing in air at least 6 times more polluted than international guidelines set by the World Health Organization. UNICEF’s report uses satellite images to show the areas with the most children affected. South Asia, Africa, and the East Asia and Pacific region have the most children at risk.

 

Photo: Greenpeace

 

 

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