Air pollution is one of our time’s greatest threats to our health and development. It’s closely linked to the climate and shares many of the sources of high CO2-emissions. Today more than 90% of the world’s population are living in areas where the air is considered unhealthy or hazardous. When talking about children under the age of 15, over 93% are currently living in areas where the air is negatively affecting their health and development.
High levels of air pollution have been shown to affect people’s health in many different ways. It doesn’t only cause lung diseases, such as asthma, COPD, cancer etc but it also makes us more susceptible to infections. The tiny particles (micro- and nanoparticles) enter the body and affect other organs as well. It has been shown to be an important factor in developing cardiovascular disease, such as stroke or myocardial infarction as well as cancer, depression and dementia.
Today there are many organizations conducting research and working to address the negative effects with air pollution. Below you find links to a few of the organisations and programmes in this area.
World Health Organization (WHO)
– Topic Air Pollution:
– Children environmental health:
United Nations Environment Programme
European Environment Agency (EEA)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Climate & Clean Air Coalition
World Air Quality Index