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.
of the world's population breathe harmful, dirty air.
people die each year as a result of air pollution.
Why tackle air pollution?
By reducing air pollution, we can save and improve millions of lives. We can also tackle climate change, build fairer societies and strengthen economies.