How is your city’s air impacting you?

The stories

Recent BreatheLife stories

Habitat 3

National and city leaders call for clean air at Habitat III in order to successfully implement the New Urban Agenda.

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Health and environment ministers pledged accelerate action to reduce an estimated 12.6 million deaths annually from pollution as part of a linked climate, health and environment agenda.

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Building back with cleaner kilns (Nepal)

After the destruction of nearly 300,000 homes and significant damage to brick production facilities from the April 2015 earthquake...

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Clean energy from sludge bio-digesters (Santiago)

Large and centralized wastewater treatment plants in Santiago are harvesting methane emissions during wastewater treatment.

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Tolls for high pollution days (Oslo)

Oslo plans to increase tolls on the heavily congested E18 highway on days with heavy air pollution as studies show that this increase has the potential...

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CDM urban housing energy upgrade (Cape Town)

The project employed local residents to retrofit over 2300 homes in Kuyasa township, an informal settlement in South Africa, with solar water heaters...

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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

Luckily, we have solutions that are proven to work.

See how you can help combat air pollution.

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