Air pollution causes 1 million stillbirths every year

(ORDO NEWS) — Air pollution results in nearly a million stillborn babies worldwide every year. This conclusion was made by a group of Chinese and American scientists, according to the BBC.

The experts analyzed data on 45,000 births between 1998 and 2016 in 54 poor countries.

They identified patterns, which they then extended to the demographic statistics of 137 states in Asia, Africa and Latin America. These regions account for 98% of all stillbirths globally.

According to the study, about half of all births that result in a child being born dead can be associated with atmospheric pollution.

Scientists examined the relationship between the content of MP2.5 microparticles in the air and fetal mortality.

Experts suggest that minute fragments of soot from burning fossil fuels first enter the mother’s body and then enter the fetus, damaging the embryo and disrupting its oxygen supply.

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2021, the average annual concentration of PM2.5 particles should not exceed 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air per day.

All mothers whose pregnancies were considered in this study lived in regions where air pollution levels markedly exceed WHO recommendations.

According to the authors of the report, their work shows the need to reduce polluting emissions.


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