Seven million deaths a year: WHO revises air quality guidelines

Seven million deaths a year: WHO revised air quality guidelines

The World Health Organization has tightened guidelines for air quality.

In a statement released on September 22, WHO indicates that pollution air “has become one of the most serious environmental threats to human health.” In this regard, experts call for urgent measures to be taken to reduce the impact of pollution on humans, putting this threat on a par with smoking and unhealthy diets.

Recommendations to reduce emissions of harmful substances are presented to the global climate summit COP26, which will take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. According to the WHO guidelines, six pollutants need to be reduced in the air, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Two more substances & ndash; PM10 and PM2.5 & ndash; able to penetrate deep into the lungs or even into the bloodstream, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

& quot; Air pollution is a threat to the health of citizens in all countries, but most of all it affects people in countries with low and average income & quot ;, & ndash; explained the head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Note that the first edition of the WHO global air quality guidelines appeared in 2005. The guidelines have been revised for the first time in over 15 years.

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