by Nicholas Rees, Frederica Perera, Amedeo D’Angiulli
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Division of Data, Research and Policy, December 2017
Almost 17 million babies under the age of one live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially putting their brain development at risk. More than three-quarters of these young children – 12 million – live in South Asia. The report notes that breathing in particulate air pollution can damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development – with lifelong implications and setbacks.