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300 million children exposed to heavily toxic air, UNICEF

300 million children exposed to heavily toxic air, UNICEFA litany of damages can affect some 300 million children live with polluted air outdoor, according to the study by the UN Children's Fund published on Monday.

Nearly one child in seven across the world breathes outdoor air at least six time filthier than international guidelines.

UNICEF published the study a week before the annual UN climate-change talks, with the upcoming round to be hosted by Morocco on November 7-18.

The agency dwells upon the effects of the air pollution and calls on world leaders to tackle the issue.

The study reports of the effects invoked by the air pollution: "It causes miscarriages, early delivery, and low birth weight. It contributes to diseases that account for almost 1 in 10 of all deaths of children under the age of five.

"It can harm the healthy development of children’s brains. It is a drag on economies and societies, already costing as much as 0.3 per cent of global GDP – and rising. And in many parts of the world, it is getting worse," it goes in a study.
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