99% of the world’s population breathes polluted air
Air pollution in London (UK) in 2015. Photo: Reuters
In particular, people in low- and middle-income countries are exposed air pollution more than that. This is the announcement made by WHO yesterday, 4/4.
According to the WHO, small dust particles and NO2 are two pollutants emitted from fossil fuel use and are believed to be the cause of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in more than 6,000 cities in 117 countries. killed at least 7 million people between 2010-2019.
The number of airborne particles in Africa and the Western Pacific region is almost eight times higher than WHO safe standards, while concentrations of these particles are lowest in Europe.
The United Nations has made a number of recommendations that could help reduce carbon emissions by 40-70% by 2050, such as cutting long-haul flights, cutting energy needs, building buildings that can climate change resilience, and promote plant-based diets.
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