Air pollution contributes to almost 10 per cent of deaths globally. Photo: © Shutterstock – KBel

Toxic air will shorten children’s lives by 20 months

The life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe, with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a new study. Air pollution contributed to nearly one in every ten deaths in 2017, making it a bigger killer than malaria and road accidents and comparable to smoking, according to the State of Global Air (SOGA) 2019 study.

“That the life of children is being shortened so much came as really quite a shock,” said Robert O’Keefe, vice-president of the Health Effects Institute, which produced the report. “There is no magic bullet, but governments should be taking action.”

Source: The Guardian, 3 April 2019. Link to the report:



In this issue