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2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide

A new report from UNICEF says about a third of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighbouring countries, risking serious health effects including damage to their lungs, brains and other organs. 
●    Of that global total, 300 million kids are exposed to pollution levels more than six times higher that standards set by the World Health Organization, including 220 million in South Asia.
●    New Delhi residents were advised to stay indoors, with health warnings issued for the young, elderly and those with respiratory or heart conditions. 
●    The high pollution levels were made worse by the ongoing burning of spent crops in agricultural fields in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana states.
●    Children face much higher health risks from air pollution than adults. 
●    Children breathe twice as quickly, taking in more air in relation to their body weight, while their brains and immune systems are still developing and vulnerable.

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