Pollution harmful to babies ' brains

An Indian child throws materials into the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi India

An Indian child throws materials into the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi India

Satellite imagery used to assess pollution levels around the world found that South Asian countries accounted for 12.2 million of the total number of affected children but that there is also a growing problem in African cities.

Unicef said breathing polluted air could damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development.

According to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report for 2017, almost 40 percent of the United States' population still lives in counties that have unhealthful levels of air pollution.

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The pollution " will impact the learning of the children, their memories, their language skills and motor", said to AFP Nicholas Rees, author of the report.

The Unicef report also said that South Asia had the largest proportion of babies living in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than global limits (10 micrograms per cubic metre). Air pollution has known links to asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory infections.

NEW DELHI | The united Nations has drawn Wednesday to sound the alarm about the dangers posed by air pollution to the developing brains of babies, a scourge that particularly affects the Asian.

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Unicef says the effects lasted a lifetime.

Lake called on countries exceeding global limits to step up efforts to reduce air pollution. It also urged public authorities to invest in cleaner renewable energy and to make it feasible for children to travel at times of day with diminished pollution, as well as to zone major sources of pollution far away from schools, clinics and hospitals.

The united Nations is calling on governments to intensify the fight against pollution as well as to strengthen the protection of children, including through the use of facial masks and filtration systems of the air.

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UNICEF researchers add that the first 1,000 days of a child's life are critical to their long-term development and must be protected from hazards that threaten their physical and mental health.

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