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posted by martyb on Thursday December 07 2017, @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: 3, Insightful) by aiwarrior on Thursday December 07 2017, @11:16AM

    by aiwarrior (1812) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @11:16AM (#606759)

    Even if one was to look at the air pollution as an economic problem, the costs are huge, just not accounted correctly.

    What is the cost of a chronic pulmonary disease in terms of lost productivity of an individual?
    What is the cost of a chronic pulmonary disease in terms of facilities and personnel needed to cure or make it asymptomatic?
    What is the cost of child's potential as a human resource, being squandered because he/she was not able to go to school because he/she was always sick?

    Pollution management will take a very serious thought in the part of health and environmental agencies throughout the world. I hope for the best.

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