The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that almost 17 million babies across the world are breathing toxic air, which could damage the development of their brains.
UNICEF has released a report on Wednesday, saying that there are 136 million children under the age of 1 globally, which means one in eight are being exposed to toxic air.
Satellite imagery analysed by UNICEF indicates that 12.2 million of these children live in South Asia.
Anthony Lake who is UNICEF’s Executive Director has said: “Not only do pollutants harm babies’ developing lungs – they can permanently damage their developing brains – and, thus, their futures.”
Lake urges countries to step up efforts to reduce air pollution.