The air our children breathe might not be as clean as we once thought.
Each year, nearly 600,000 children die from diseases caused by air pollution, and even more children live in areas where the risks of developing such diseases are incredibly high. According to a new report from UNICEF, 300 million kids around the world are breathing in toxic air every day.
This constant contact with air pollution is especially dangerous for children because their bodies are still developing. Toxic particles found in the air can make their way through the bloodstream and cause cardiac disease, asthma, pneumonia, or even heart failure.
The United Nations is actively working toward reducing the number of deaths caused by air pollution by limiting fossil fuel emissions and ensuring that children receive the healthcare that they need. But the issue of air pollution is not something that can be solved overnight.
As of this year, these 10 cities have the most air pollution in the U.S.
10. Fort Collins, Colorado
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
8. Denver, Colorado
7. Modesto, California
6. Sacramento, California
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5. Phoenix, Arizona
4. Fresno, California
3. Visalia, California
2. Bakersfield, California
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1. Long Beach, California