Exposure to toxic air both indoors and outdoors kills approximately 600,000 children under 15 years each year, warns the World…
Data from the United Nations Health Body show that 93 percent of children under the age of 15 – a full 1.8 billion youth, including 630 million under five years of age – breathe dangerous contaminated air.
This has tragic consequences: alone in 2016 about 600,000 children were killed by acute lower respiratory tract infections caused by contaminated air, the WHO report noted.
“Contaminated air poisons millions of children and destroys their lives,” says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “This is unexplained. Every child should be able to breathe in clean air so that they can grow and fulfill their full potential.”
According to WHO data, more than nine out of 10 people breathe hazardous toxic air on the planet and causes approximately seven million premature deaths each year.
Air pollution is particularly dangerous for children and accounts for almost one death among children under five worldwide, the report found.
WHO study, which examined the health duty of children who breathe health hazardous levels of air and air pollution, focusing on hazardous particulate material with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5).
These include toxins like sulphate and black carbon which pose the greatest health risks, as they may penetrate deep into the lungs or cardiovascular system.
The report found that childr but in poorer countries is far more vulnerable, with full 98 percent of all children under five in low and middle income countries exposed to PM2. 5 levels of WHO guidelines for air quality.
It compares to 52 percent In high-income countries, WHO says.
Overall, household air pollution from cooking and air pollution causes more than half of all cases of acute lower respiratory infections of young children in low and middle income countries, WHO says.
The report, launched prior to the WHO First World Conference on Air Pollution and Health, revealed that when pregnant women are exposed to contaminated air, they are more prone to premature birth and have small children with low birth weight .
It was found that children are often more exposed to air pollution, as they breathe faster than adults, thus absorbing more pollutants at a time when their brains and bodies are still developing.
T Hello, you also live closer to the Earth, where a number of pollutants reach peak concentrations, WHO says that newborns and young children are also more susceptible to air pollution in households using polluting fuels for cooking, heating and lighting. 
Air pollution can affect the child’s development and cognitive ability and may trigger asthma and childhood crayfish, WHO says.
Children who have been exposed to high air pollution may also be at greater risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease later in life.
“Air pollution spills our children’s brains and affects their health more than we suspected,” warns Maria Neira, Head of the WHO Department for Public Health and the Environment
The United Nations Health Body requires a switching the switch to clean cooking and heating fuels, and to promote cleaner transport, lower emissions, one
“The world needs to reduce the overthrow we have on fossil [fuel] and accelerate to pure renewable energy,” Neira says.