Thursday, March 09, 2023

The Polluted Air we Breathe

 Less than one per cent of the world’s population breathes pollution-free air – and Asian countries face some of the most severe health risks, according to a new study published in Lancet Planetary Health.

About 99.82 per cent of the global land area is exposed to dangerous levels of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) that are above the safety limit recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to the research. Only 0.001 per cent of the world’s population breathes air considered acceptable, it found.

The study found that air quality is particularly worrisome in regions such as south Asia and east Asia.

Asian countries have the worst air quality with less than 1% of the world breathing clean air, study finds | The Independent

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