Air pollution now 'largest health crisis'

Wyns, Arthur
Date Written:  2018-11-23
Publisher:  The Ecologist
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23074

The WHO estimates that seven million premature deaths are linked to air pollution every year, of which nearly 600,000 are children who are uniquely vulnerable.



Air pollution is also at the top of the agenda of the World Health Organisation. "We're here to talk about both the problems as well as the solutions to this global health issue," declared director general of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as he opened the first global summit to tackle the issue of air pollution.

More than 600 government representatives and health experts from at least 89 different countries have gathered to discuss what the head of WHO has labeled "the new tobacco".

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