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Scientific evidence on air pollution

  • A study in Belgium has found that toxic air pollution was present in the placentas of 28 pregnant women. Higher concentrations were seen in women living in areas with the highest pollution levels. Read more
  • Air pollution has been linked to the number of eggs the ovaries can produce in finding presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Read more
  • The United Nations Environment Programme states, “Air pollution causes 1 in 9 deaths. It is the most important environmental health risk of our time.” Read more
  • The European Heart Journal reported evidence in May 2019 that air pollution deaths are double all previous estimates. Read more
  • European Respiratory Journal 2019. The study evaluated the association between ambient air pollution and lung function and COPD. It found exposures to pollutants were significantly associated with lower lung function. Read more
  • Scientists from China’s Fudan University published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2019 their analysis of data on air pollution and daily mortality in 652 cities across 24 countries and regions. It found that short term exposure to particulate matter and fine particles is directly linked to increases in total deaths across the world. Read more

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