1 in 7 Children Breathe the World’s Most Toxic Air

What's Hot


The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

How a Mexican Tariff Will Boost the Cost of 6 Common PurchasesFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

How to Protect Yourself From the ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Phone ScamFamily

Report: Walmart to Begin Selling CarsCars

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

Is Your TV Tracking You? Here’s How to Tell — and Prevent ItAround The House

11 Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar When Selling Your HomeAround The House

8 Tuition-Free U.S. CollegesCollege

4 Car Insurers That Might Raise Rates Even When the Accident Wasn’t Your FaultCars

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last LongerAround The House

Trump Scraps FHA Rate Cut — What Does It Mean for You?Borrow

How to Invest If Trump Kills the ‘Fiduciary Rule’Grow

12 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit ScoreBorrow

10 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your BudgetFamily

A new report from UNICEF says 2 billion children live in areas with dangerous air pollution. Find out what UNICEF wants world leaders to do to protect kids.

For an alarming 2 billion children across the globe, getting a breath of clean fresh air is difficult, if not downright impossible.

According to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution exceeds minimum air-quality guidelines. Nearly 1 in 7 of those kids — 300 million in all — are breathing in the most toxic outdoor air in the world, with air pollution levels that are six or more times higher than international guidelines set by the World Health Organization.

Breathing the toxic air can be deadly. UNICEF says air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of about 600,000 kids under age 5 each year. Such dirty air “threatens the lives and futures of millions more every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement.

The outdoor pollution is caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Vehicle emissions
  • Heavy use of fossil fuels
  • Dust and the burning of waste

Children in South Asia, Africa, East Asia and the Pacific region are most at risk from air pollution. According to the Associated Press, on Monday the air pollution levels in New Delhi, India, were 90 times higher than WHO recommendations.

“My eyes are irritated, I’m coughing, and I find it difficult to breathe,” 18-year-old Delhi student Dharmendra — who uses only one name — told the AP.

Children are more at risk from breathing toxic air because they breathe twice as quickly as adults, and their brains and immune systems are still developing. Lake says:

“Pollutants don’t only harm children’s developing lungs – they can actually cross the blood-brain barrier and permanently damage their developing brains – and, thus, their futures. No society can afford to ignore air pollution.”

UNICEF is urging world leaders to take the following four steps to protect children:

  • Reduce air pollution
  • Minimize children’s exposure to pollution
  • Increase access to children’s health care
  • Better monitor air pollution levels

Are you surprised by how many children are breathing toxic air? Sound off below or on Facebook.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 8 Ways to Get Your FICO Score for Free

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,909 more deals!