The World Health Organization estimates that 7 million people die each year from diseases caused by air pollution, most of them in low- and middle-income countries. Nine out of ten people globally are exposed to excessive air pollution levels.
Air quality in Europe has improved in recent years due to better regulations and technology but remains an 'invisible killer.' The EEA said the results indicate it's time to double down on cutting air pollution.
Air pollution kills hundreds of thousands of Europeans every year. But breathing is riskier in some places than others. In countries like Poland, change is happening — but only slowly.
At a little-known but aptly named primary school in Kenya's capital, pupils have taken it upon themselves to become ambassadors for the endangered rhino, or kifaru in Swahili.
As emission regulations become stronger for new vehicles in industrialized countries, cars as old as 25 years no longer able to meet emission standards are being exported to Africa. Air quality is suffering as a result.
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