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October 21, 2020 - RTE

Air pollution killed 500,000 newborns in 2019 - global study

Air pollution killed 500,000 newborns in 2019 - global study
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Air pollution killed 476,000 newborns in 2019, with the biggest hotspots in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

That is according to a new global study, which said that nearly two-thirds of the deaths came from noxious fumes from cooking fuels.

More than 116,000 Indian infants died from air pollution in the first month of life, and the corresponding figure was 236,000 in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the State of Global Air 2020.

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