to toxic air both indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the
age of 15 each year, the World Health Organization warned Monday.
Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of
children under the age of 15 – a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including
630 million under the age of five – breath dangerously polluted air.
Air pollution is especially dangerous for children, and accounts for
nearly one in 10 deaths among children under five around the globe, the
WHO’s study, which examined the health toll on children breathing
health-hazardous levels of both outdoor and household air pollution,
focused on dangerous particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5
These include toxins like sulfate and black carbon, which pose the
greatest health risks since they can penetrate deep into the lungs or
The report found that children in poorer countries are far more at
risk, with a full 98 percent of all children under five in low – and
middle-income countries exposed to PM2.5 levels above WHO air quality