What are the New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines?

Princeton,NJ/ 360prwire/ November 20/

It is no surprise that the air quality, globally, has not gotten better, over the last 16 years. That is the last time WHO had released updated air quality guidelines. What is clear from the new report is that the organization does not intend to let go of its high standards. In fact, it has considerably lowered its reference values, for most air pollutants. Here is a brief recap of the latest WHO report on air quality.

Air Pollution causing Millions of Deaths Annually

According to which country you live in, the air quality guidelines may vary. But most of the time, the ones provided by WHO are stricter. And if you compare them to those of LMICs countries (low-income and middle-income countries), then they just seem unreachable. But there are good reasons why one would want to protect themselves from the dangers brought by the low quality of air that we breathe. Just last year, it was estimated that 7 million people worldwide had died from air pollution related issues. There are more solutions than ever, to protect yourself and the family. Follow the link to see the products available to discover them.

Bearing Results

Contrary to the idea that sometimes governments and organizations simply go for “Bla, bla, bla” instead of acting upon natural problems, as evoked by Greta Thunberg not so long ago, it would seem like the guidelines written by WHO, do have an effect. In fact, air quality monitoring has shown that these guidelines have been able to reduce air pollution levels in many countries and especially in some cities, throughout the last twenty years. A good example of that is China. Even though there are still pockets of high air pollution levels inside the country, China has managed to reduce air pollutants in the last ten years, and it shows when you look at the population’s health today.

Different Results can be found according to Countries Income

As with most health-related issues, the difference between high and low income countries is still major. The study focused on 47 selected cities, located in six continents and divided them in two groups: Lower and higher levels of air pollution. Most of the ones that entered into the low pollution level group, could be found in high income countries and the opposite in low-income ones. Although some were not able to meet the past guidelines of WHO, dating back to 2005, most did.

Now, with more severe recommendations, it will be interesting to see if the world is able to breathe better, the next time the organization comes up with a new study. There is no doubt that the goal is to do so, has the targets are much lower than they were sixteen years ago. It will be difficult for some cities, in particular, to reach the objective. For sure, it will take time to get there. But WHO says it is time to reduce fossil fuels use and CO2 emissions, just like the Paris Agreement mentions, as well. It did help to get to a cleaner energy so hopefully we will breathe cleaner air in ten years.

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