A new report from the United Nations Children's Fund revealed that around 300 million children in the world are exposed to highly toxic air pollution, with about 600,000 of them dying every year due to illnesses and disease caused by or exacerbated by air pollution.
The report, titled "Clear the Air for Children," showed that the vast majority of children who are exposed to high levels of air pollution live in South Asia, where pollution is at least six times higher than the safe levels imposed by the World Health Organization.
Furthermore, about two billion children in the world are living in places with higher than normal levels of air pollution. These include about 620 million living in South Asia, 520 million in Africa and 450 million in East Asia and Pacific. These children live in countries with low-income urban areas. Most of the pollutants come from vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of agricultural and commercial waste, according to CNN.
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