Early-life exposure to air pollution: health effects
Air pollution is a serious health risk. In fact, the World Health Organization released a report that found that air pollution was responsible for killing about 7 million people worldwide in 2012 alone.
But exposure to air pollution doesn’t just happen when you’re outside. Air pollution can also be found indoors, and it can affect children who live in urban areas in particular.
When we think about the impact of air pollution on children, we tend to think of long-term effects like asthma or other respiratory issues—but there are other health effects as well. For example, research has shown that exposure to high levels of air pollution can lead to higher rates of birth defects.