WHO Challenges World To Improve Air Quality

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World Air Quality and Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a challenge to governments around the world to improve air quality in their cities in order to protect people's health. The call comes as WHO unveils its new Air Quality Guidelines with dramatically stricter standards for emission levels of pollutants. WHO believes that reducing levels of one particular type of pollutant (known as PM10) could save as many as 300 000 lives every year. The guidelines also substantially lower the recommended limits of ozone and sulphur dioxide.

The Air Quality Guidelines for the first time address all regions of the world and provide uniform targets for air quality. These targets are far tougher than the national standards currently applied in many parts of the world

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