The U.N. health agency says nearly everybody in the world breathes air that doesn’t meet its standards for air quality.
According to the U.N., nearly everyone in the world is exposed to air that does not meet their standards for quality.
This calls for more significant action to reduce fossil fuel use which creates pollutants that can cause breathing and blood-flow problems, leading to millions of deaths every year.
Six months after tightening guidelines for air quality, the World Health Organization issued Monday an update to its air quality database.
It draws from information from more cities, towns, and villages worldwide, now with over 6,000 municipalities.
WHO stated that 99 percent of the world’s population inhales the air above its limits, and this air can contain particles that can enter the bloodstream, cause damage, and penetrate the lungs.
The U.N. health agency
It is said that the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and Africa regions have the poorest air quality.
Dr. Maria Neira, WHO’s head of the department of environment, climate and health, stated that 7 million deaths could have been prevented and many years of lost health due to pollution.
Yet, too many investments continue to be made in a polluted environment instead of clean, healthy air.
Ground measurements of nitrogen dioxide have been added to the database’s two types of particulate matter, PM2.5 and PM10. In 2018, the last version of this database was released.
The primary source of nitrogen dioxide is human-generated fuel burning, such as in automobile traffic.
It is most prevalent in urban areas. According to WHO, exposure can cause respiratory diseases like asthma and wheeze, difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing.
There are also more emergency-room and hospital admissions.
The eastern Mediterranean region had the highest concentrations.
There are many sources of particulate matter, including transportation, power plants and agriculture.
The database revealed that the developing world was particularly affected: India had high levels of PM10, and China had high levels of PM2.5.
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