It causes miscarriages, early delivery, and low birth weight.
It contributes to diseases that account for almost 1 in 10 of all deaths of children under the age of five. It can harm the healthy development of children’s brains. It is a drag on economies and societies, already costing as much as 0.3 per cent of global GDP – and rising. And in many parts of the world, it is getting worse.
‘It’ is air pollution. And as both this litany and this report show, the magnitude of the danger it poses – especially to young children – is enormous. Children breathe twice as quickly as adults, and take in more air relative to their body weight. Their respiratory tracks are more permeable and thus more vulnerable. Their immune systems are weaker. Their brains are still developing.
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