WHO warns of severe air pollution, UN health agency says in statement
Almost all of the world’s population, or 99%, breathe air that exceeds the air quality limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations health agency said in a statement.
Even though a record number of more than 6,000 cities in 117 countries are now monitoring air quality, people in these cities are still breathing in dangerous levels of fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, people in low-income countries and intermediate being the most at risk, the WHO added. Monday.
The findings prompted the WHO to call for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and other concrete measures to reduce air pollution levels, Xinhua news agency reported.
“High fossil fuel prices, energy security and the urgency to address the twin health challenges of air pollution and climate change underscore the urgent need to move faster towards a world much less dependent on fossil fuels. “WHO Director-General Tedros said. Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Particles, especially PM2.5, are capable of penetrating deep into the lungs and bloodstream, causing cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory disorders, the statement said, adding that nitrogen dioxide is associated with respiratory diseases, especially asthma.
The WHO has estimated that more than 13 million deaths worldwide each year are due to preventable environmental causes, including seven million deaths related to air pollution.
“After surviving a pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have seven million preventable deaths and countless preventable years of lost good health due to air pollution,” said Maria Neira, director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health from the WHO.
To improve air quality and health, WHO recommends safe and affordable public transport systems and networks suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, investment in energy-efficient housing and power plants, better management industrial and municipal waste, the reduction of the incineration of agricultural and certain agro-food waste. forestry activities such as charcoal production.
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