Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children

by Nicholas Rees, Frederica Perera, Amedeo D’Angiulli
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Division of Data, Research and Policy, December 2017

12 pp. 930 kB

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.

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