Air pollution linked to millions of birth complications across the globe
Every year, an estimated seven million people die from air pollution across the globe. Now, new research shows that air pollution is not only a health threat to everyone in the world, but also to those who have not yet arrived.
The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, looked into the pernicious impact of air pollution on birth outcomes worldwide. After analyzing available data from all inhabited continents, the researchers estimated that exposure to PM2.5—pollutant particles with widths 30 times smaller than a human hair—was linked to almost six million premature births and roughly three million underweight babies across the world in 2019.
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