17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air

UNICEF urges immediate action to reduce air pollution amid emerging evidence on how toxic air can affect brain development in young children

Almost 17 million babies under the age of one live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially putting their brain development at risk, according to a new UNICEF paper released today. More than three-quarters of these young children – 12 million – live in South Asia.

To read more about this on the UNICEF website go to: 17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air, majority live in South Asia – UNICEF – Unicef UK