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AIR POLLUTION IS AN
INVISIBLE KILLER

How is your city’s air impacting you?

The stories

Recent BreatheLife stories

UK celebrates first National Clean Air Day

June 15 is the UK’s first-ever National Clean Air Day! People all over the country are taking the opportunity to start conversations about the risks of air pollution… and why clean air matters to our families and our future. The good news is, there’s a lot we can do right now to improve the air […]

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Greater Manchester celebrates National Clean Air Day

National Clean Air Day is giving people all over the UK an opportunity to talk about the impacts of air pollution and the importance of clean air. People are taking pledges to make their own contributions to cleaner air… and urging their friends and neighbors to do the same.   To mark the occasion, here’s […]

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Talca, Chile joins global BreatheLife campaign

Talca’s air quality strategy is focused on reducing smoke from firewood. The strategy includes measures such as improved weatherization and thermal insulation of homes to lower heating demands, and overhauling wood stoves and replacing outdated heaters.

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Interview with Marcelo Mena, Chile’s Minister of the Environment

Marcelo Mena, Minister of the Environment in Chile, shares his vision for reducing air pollution.

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Jalisco State, Mexico Joins the BreatheLife Campaign

The Mexican state of Jalisco joins the BreatheLife campaign with a comprehensive 11-point plan for improving air quality and fighting climate change in its eight major cities and 33+ towns and communities, with around 7.8 million residents total. Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city and Jalisco's capital, is at the forefront of the action.

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Greater Manchester City Region Launches BreatheLife Campaign

Greater Manchester City Region is home to 2.7 million people, and expected to reach a population of 3 million by 2040. Greater Manchester, which encompasses ten boroughs, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the UK. The city region's Air Quality Action Plan encompasses 39 concrete measures across seven focus areas.

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Diesel bus filter incentives in Santiago

The city began a program to install diesel particulate filters (DPF) on buses and offering incentives for bus owners to retrofit their vehicles with filters.

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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
36%

of lung cancer deaths

34%

of stroke deaths

27%

of heart disease deaths

35%

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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