17 million babies breathing toxic air worldwide

17 million babies breathing toxic air worldwide

17 million babies breathing toxic air worldwide

"Not only do pollutants harm babies' developing lungs - they can permanently damage their developing brains - and, thus, their futures", commented UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake.

The report said further research was needed to study the full impact of air pollution on children's developing brains.

Danger in the Air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children notes that breathing in particulate air pollution can damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development - with lifelong implications and setbacks.

The majority of these 17 million babies (~12 million) live in South Asia, where air pollution levels are continuing to grow rapidly, according to the new study.

It explains that ultrafine pollution particles are so small that they can enter the blood stream, travel to the brain, and damage the blood-brain barrier, which can cause neuro-inflammation.

There are 136 million children under the age of 1 globally, which means one in eight are being exposed to toxic air, the United Nations children's fund said.

Satellite imagery used to assess pollution levels around the world found that South Asian countries accounted for 12.2 million of the total number of affected children but that there is also a growing problem in African cities. It found that pregnant women exposed to air pollution were more likely to give birth to underweight babies.

NEW DELHI | The united Nations has drawn Wednesday to sound the alarm about the dangers posed by air pollution to the developing brains of babies, a scourge that particularly affects the Asian.

These include investing in renewable sources of energy to cut air pollution, increasing the amount of green spaces in urban areas, and improving both knowledge and monitoring of air pollution.

The worldwide limits relating to air pollution are set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The paper urges parents to take steps to reduce children's exposure to harmful chemicals, including from tobacco products and cooking stoves. "We also need to make sure children have access to the health services they need to treat health conditions associated with air pollution". Exposure to air pollution during this time can therefore impact development, the report states. In November, with the onset of winter, pollution has been affecting people to a worrying level, with doctors recommending that residents in New Delhi, especially older people, and those with heart and respiratory ailments, should restrict time outside as well as physical activity.

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