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The stories

Recent BreatheLife stories

Sulphur dioxide falls to record lows in the U.K. after coal plant closures

Levels of sulphur dioxide fell significantly between 2015 and 2016, largely as a result of the United Kingdom shutting down coal-fired power stations or converting them to biomass plants as part of its move to becoming a low-carbon economy. As of last month, sulphur dioxide emissions fell by 29 per cent year-on-year, while nitrogen oxide levels […]

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Rome bans diesel cars by 2024 to fight air pollution

Rome is banning diesel cars in its city centre by 2024 to protect both public health and thousands of years of heritage from the detrimental effects of air pollution. Its world-famous monuments underwent a cleanup in readiness for turn-of-the-millennium celebrations in 2000, but are currently already showing signs of degradation from pollution. Almost all air […]

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World Health Organization issues recommendations to tackle health impacts of air pollution in Mongolia

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week released a set of long-, medium- and short-term recommendations for the Government of Mongolia to tackle air pollution. It is also urging the Government to keep air pollution as a top priority for policies and implementation throughout the year. The use of biomass (such as raw coal) to heat […]

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Brussels moves closer to emergency air pollution plan

Brussels is closer to passing a “pollution peaks” legislation in Parliament that will make public transport and the public bicycle system free, demand reduced vehicle speeds in the city and ban wood-fired heaters after two days of high pollution days. The city council will make buses, trams, the metro and bikes free if particulate matter […]

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German court allows states to ban diesel vehicles

A German court has ruled this week that cities in the car-loving country are at liberty to ban heavily-polluting diesel vehicles, a move that would add to the growing number of cities in Europe and around the world that have already announced near-future bans. After the ban was announced, Hamburg said it would start to […]

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The Issue

Air pollution causes 1 in 9 deaths. It is the biggest environmental health crisis we face.

We may not always see it, but air pollution is the cause of some of our most common illnesses.

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The Health & Disease Burden

of lung cancer deaths


of stroke deaths


of heart disease deaths


of COPD (pulmonary disease) deaths

Outdoor air pollution

Outdoor pollution causes an estimated 3 million premature deaths each year.

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Indoor air pollution

Indoor pollution causes an estimated 4.3 million premature deaths each year.

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The Solutions

Fortunately, we have solutions that are proven to work.

See how you can help combat air pollution.

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