Today, as many as nine out of ten people breathe polluted air, leading to some 7 million premature deaths each year, of whom 600,000 are children.
Unless we act decisively, this number could double by 2050.
Like many societal ills, air pollution reflects global inequalities, with most deaths related to air pollution occurring in low- and middle-income countries, and in poorer neighborhoods in wealthier nations
Poverty forces people to live close to sources of pollution, like factories and highways.
And poverty makes 3 billion people continue to burn solid fuels or kerosene for cooking, heating and lighting.
The pollution that is damaging our health is also driving the climate crisis.
But air pollution can be solved. Continue reading