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Air Pollution

Air Pollution

Pollution Report

Air Pollution


Air pollution is the world’s single greatest environmental risk to health, prematurely killing some 6.5 million people across the world every year and exposing nine out of ten people to unacceptable outdoor air pollution levels. It in particular affects women, children, the sick and elderly, and those in low-income groups: 300 million children live in areas where outdoor air pollution is at least six times higher than health guidelines. Particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) affects more people than any other air pollutant, and levels of PM2.5 have remained largely constant despite efforts to tackle the problem. The main sources of outdoor air pollution are fossil fuel emissions from coal burning for power and heat, transport, industrial furnaces, brick kilns, agriculture, domestic solid fuel heating, and the unregulated burning of waste.