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Air pollution last year caused the
premature death of nearly half a million babies in their first month of life,
with most of the infants being in the developing world, data shows.
Exposure to airborne pollutants is harmful
also for babies in the womb. It can cause a premature birth or low birth
weight. Both of these factors are associated with higher infant mortality.
Nearly two-thirds of the 500,000 deaths of
infants documented were associated with indoor air pollution, particularly
arising from solid fuels such as charcoal, wood, and animal dung for cooking.
The discovery is reported in the State of
Global Air 2020 report, which examined data on deaths around the world
alongside a growing body of research that links air pollution with health
Medical experts have warned for years of
the impacts of dirty air on older people and on those with health conditions,
but are only beginning to understand the deadly toll on babies in the womb.
Read more at :Polluted air killing half a million babies a year across globe
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