The World Health Organization released a warning Monday that pollution has not become a larger threat to life than the Ebola virus and HIV. It is currently responsible for one out of every four deaths in children under five years old.
Throughout the world, over 1.7 million deaths in children are being attributed to hazards in the environment, like air pollution or contaminated water, states the report publishing Monday.
The shocking new reports, which exposes a growing threat due to global pollution, damning new research, which reveals the growing threat posed by global pollution, has found that some of the common causes of death in children, such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea, are being sped up by pollution.
Iff pollution had been fought early on, the WHO says that at least a quarter of the diseases and deaths since 2012 may have been avoided.
The report came after increased warnings by health experts worldwide that believe pollution is connected to thousands of untimely deaths throughout the UK yearly.
Last February, a report by Sadiq Khan, London Mayor, had found that thousands upon thousands of children throughout the capital have been exposed to high, illegal levels of pollution in the air.
Khan then announced multiple new policies in order to fight pollution, such as a £10 daily charge for old, higher polluting vehicles.
The most recent WHO report warned that exposing pregnant women to environments with higher levels of pollutants can increase chances that infants are born prematurely.
In addition, school children and young toddlers who are exposed to pollutants are much more likely to get a respiratory disease, such as pneumonia.
Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO Director-General, commented on this latest report: “A polluted environment is a deadly one – particularly for young children.
“Their developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water.
“Investing in the removal of environmental risks to health, such as improving water quality or using cleaner fuels, will result in massive health benefits.”