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Montevideo, December 14th 2018 - 10:37 UTC

Tag: Air pollution

  • Tuesday, November 6th 2018 - 20:21 UTC

    World Medical Association supports physicians involvement in combing air pollution

    WHO's report says physicians should help shape public health policy on reducing the exposure of pregnant women, children and adolescents to air pollution

    The World Medical Association has echoed a high-powered call for health professionals to be more involved in the management of childhood exposure to air pollution. The call has come at the first World Health Organization conference on air pollution being held in Geneva.

  • Tuesday, October 30th 2018 - 08:51 UTC

    More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

    A new WHO report on Air pollution and child health examines the heavy toll of both ambient and household air pollution on the health of the world’s children

    Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

  • Saturday, September 29th 2018 - 09:18 UTC

    World Heart Day will emphasize awareness on air pollution risk

    Poor air quality is ranked as the 4th cause of Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY), one lost year of ‘healthy life’, says latest Global Burden of Disease study

    This year the World Heart Federation (WHF) is raising awareness of an increasingly important CVD risk factor: air pollution. World Heart Day takes place this Saturday. The latest scientific evidence by Nature warns that exposure to nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter air pollution is clearly linked to CVD mortality. Poor air quality is also ranked as the 4th cause of Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) – one lost year of ‘healthy life’ – according to latest Global Burden of Disease study .

  • Monday, May 7th 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    WHO claims 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants

    Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

    Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

  • Friday, December 8th 2017 - 01:26 UTC

    UN Environment Assembly pledges to stop plastics seeping into the oceans

    “Pollution is cutting short the lives of millions of people every year. Every day, nine out of 10 of us breathe air that exceeds WHO guidelines for air quality”

    The world's environment ministers have pledged to stop plastics seeping into the planet's oceans in a step “towards a pollution-free planet”. Delegates at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, have called for a radical change in how goods are consumed and produced to tackle the world's rubbish problem.

  • Wednesday, March 26th 2014 - 06:09 UTC

    Air pollution exposure responsible for 7 million deaths in 2012, says WHO

    External air pollution can be appreciated in the overcrowded cities with clogged transport systems

    In new estimates the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.