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posted by martyb on Thursday December 07, @07:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the parents-also-breathe-that-air dept.

Toxic air puts 17 million babies' brains and lungs at risk: UNICEF

About 17 million babies worldwide live in areas where outdoor air pollution is six times the recommended limit, and their brain development is at risk, the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

The majority of these babies – more than 12 million – are in South Asia, it said, in a study of children under one-year-old, using satellite imagery to identify worst-affected regions.

"Not only do pollutants harm babies' developing lungs – they can permanently damage their developing brains – and, thus, their futures," said UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake.

The links between air pollution and dain bramage are not yet conclusive, according to the report's author.

UNICEF press release. Danger in the air (PDF).

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:20AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:20AM (#606689)

    The world is already overcrowded anyway, with demise of children come the demise of entire populations and the associated demand for goods.
    It is what environmentalist want right? Right?

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:34AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:34AM (#606699)

    Kill yourself.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08, @12:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08, @12:10AM (#607051)

      Tolerant Liberals hate being mocked more than they do terrorists, murderers or illegals. Why else would they wish every white fundamentalist misogynistic Christian would die, while demanding we import millions more brown fundamentalism misogynistic Muslims?

  • (Score: 2) by julian on Thursday December 07, @05:36PM

    by julian (6003) on Thursday December 07, @05:36PM (#606886)

    It is what environmentalist want right? Right?

    No. Happy to clear that up for you.