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Why clean air?

We all need clean air to live, grow and thrive. Yet 9 out of 10 people breathe air that is harmful and dirty, making air pollution one of our biggest health threats.

Over 7 million people die every year as a result of air pollution – more than twice as many as from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. It doesn’t have to be this way.

An urgent issue

Air pollution is everywhere and it’s getting worse. Invisible particles penetrate cells and organs in our bodies – our lungs, heart, blood and brain. Common sources of outdoor air pollution include burning fossil fuels, vehicle fumes and crop burning.
90%
of the world's population breathe harmful, dirty air.
7 million
people die each year as a result of air pollution.