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ClientEarth Communications

21 December 2016

Air pollution

Seven facts that show why we need to take action on air pollution

Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk. It has a major impact on the lives of millions of people across the globe. That’s why ClientEarth is taking action to clear the air.

Because individuals’ exposure varies so much, it’s impossible to establish exactly how air pollution affects the health of a single person. However, scientists can use growing evidence of the health effects, together with data on local pollution levels, to estimate the impact of air pollution on our societies and communities.

Here, we list some of the evidence showing why air pollution needs to be tackled urgently by governments everywhere.

It’s clear that air pollution affects all of us throughout our lifetimes, from the womb to old age. We need governments everywhere to take this issue seriously and to take ambitious action to protect our health.