The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the air pollution crisis is even more dangerous than we had previously conceived. It warns us of this information as it slashes maximum safe levels of key pollutants such as nitrogen oxide. With an estimated 7 million people dying prematurely annually from air-pollution linked diseases, it is low and middle income countries which suffer mostly from this issue due to their heavy reliance on fossil fuels for economic development. The WHO is now urging its 194 member states to cut down emissions and take action ahead of the COP26 summit taking place in November, placing air pollution right next to smoking and unhealthy eating.
What is considered a safe amount of pollution is constantly being lowered year by year, making the UK’s legal limits for the most harmful pollutants now four times higher than the maximum levels recommended by WHO. Air pollution is immensely difficult to stop, with the sources of such an issue being vehicle exhausts, gas central healing, cleaning fluids, solvents and even paints. Not even electric cars can offer a perfect solution as tyres wearing on the road are also a source of such pollutants.
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