How is your city’s air impacting you?

The stories

Recent BreatheLife stories

London at the vanguard of city action on air pollution

Facing serious impacts of air pollution, including those to the health of unborn babies’, the city of London is taking bold action to meet its ambitious target under the BreatheLife Campaign. This places it at the vanguard of a growing coalition of cities seeking to combat the devastating impact that air pollution has on our […]

#OnePlanet commitments hold promise for climate and air pollution agendas

Phasing out coal-powered energy, boosting zero-emissions transport and harnessing the power of local governments to effect change all featured at #OnePlanet, the last major conference on climate change of 2017. Governments, civil society and the private sector contributed to 12 key commitments at the event in Paris convened by France’s President, Emmanuel Macron. The commitments […]

UN Environment and WHO agree to major collaboration on environmental health risks

Linking action on environmental and human health received a boost this week, when the UN Environment Programme and the World Health Organization signed an agreement to collaborate on environmental health risks. Among these were the health impacts of air pollution and climate change, on which the two UN agencies agreed to step up joint actions to […]

Ministers of health adopt tough new resolution on air pollution

The fight for clean air got a boost today as world governments adopted a new resolution on air pollution at the third United Nations Environment Assembly. The resolution recognized air pollution as “the single greatest environmental risk to health”, urging countries to take action across sectors to reduce all forms of air pollution. Health and environment […]

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Oslo joins BreatheLife campaign

On November 13, Oslo joined the global BreatheLife network, as the newest city to declare support in the campaign for cleaner air. The city of about 670,000 aspires to an ambitious set of air quality standards, targeting stricter limits than those established by the country of Norway — which are already stricter in some areas […]

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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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