More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly finds this comprehensive study on global air pollution by the Health Effects Institute

Told to submit list of restaurants, bars allowing hookah in 10 days.

Imagine building a small pile of wood and kindling in the smallest room in your house, and setting fire to it.

Household air pollution (HAP) is the eighth leading risk factor for global disease burden, contributing to 2.9 million yearly premature deaths. Nearly 80% of the sub-Saharan population and about 90 million households in Nigeria use biomass as their primary fuel for cooking and energy needs, which can adversely impact their health. Exposure to air pollution has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes like stillbirth, preeclampsia, preterm birth, low birth weight, reduced fetal head circumference, miscarriage, and intra-uterine fetal growth retardation (IUGR).

While there have been substantial efforts to quantify the health burden of exposure to PM2.5 from solid fuel use (SFU), the sensitivity of mortality estimates to uncertainties in input parameters has not been quantified. Moreover, previous studies separate mortality from household and ambient air pollution. In this study, we develop a new estimate of mortality attributable to SFU due to the joint exposure from household and ambient PM2.5 pollution and perform a variance‐based sensitivity analysis on mortality attributable to SFU.

Over one lakh children die in India annually because of household air pollution, says study.

Sunalini Mathew

A study conducted by the School of Energy, Madurai Kamaraj University, found that household appliances also contribute to greenhouses gases, and indoor plants can help to tackle the problem, say ex

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide— three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four.

KOLKATA: The air that you inhale inside the warmth of your home could be as poisonous or even worse than the outdoor air, warns a study conducted by a group of city environmentalists and the Calcut

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