The World Health Organization released two new reports that reveal about 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of environmental hazards. This is the first estimate of its kind regarding the child death toll from environmental causes. This disheartening figure comprises about a quarter of child deaths under the age of 5.
Exposure to pollutants is incredibly harmful to a young child. Even those who survive in heavily polluted environments can experience mental and physical developmental disorders and an increased lifelong risk for certain diseases. The WHO found that one of the most pressing dangers for these children is exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution. On average the global figures for air pollutants have risen 8 percent between 2008 and 2013, according to the WHO.
Air pollution is associated with a majority of the 600,000 child deaths from respiratory illnesses each year. There is hope for children of the future – these deaths are largely preventable. Policies and regulations that improve housing, sanitation, clean water and emissions often result in large benefits to children’s health. It’s the reason more cities across the globe are turning to renewable energy, limiting the number of emissions. ClearWorld believes renewable energy will play a huge role in the health of future generations, and we are committed to providing cost-effective solutions to help make that transition easier. We provide solutions for diverse budgets, from major municipalities to anyone looking to make their project 100% renewable. Retrofit solar panels, like our RetroFlex, will over time eliminate energy costs and reduce long term maintenance costs.