Breathless beginnings: The alarming impact of air pollution on children in Europe and Central Asia

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Europe & Central Asia

Children are uniquely vulnerable to air pollution, with devastating effects on their health and development. Scientific evidence shows air pollution contributes to adverse birth outcomes including preterm births and low birth weights, infant mortality,  damaged lung function, illness and diseases including asthma, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and an increased risk of neurological disorders. 

The right to clean air is far from the reality for children and young people in Europe and Central Asia.