Headline November 04, 2016/ ''' *STUDENTS AIR* -[300 MILLION]= : *TOXIC-TORPOR* '''


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!WOW! -THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY -that is the sole and soul exclusive ownership of every student in the world, appeals to:

ALL LEADERS OF SOUTH ASIA,  -where majority of affected students live,-  are humbly and respectfully urged to take immediate action:

HERE, IN THIS PART of the world: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, SiriLanka, Mayanmar, Bhutan,  -there is barely a  cursory system, to fight toxicity and acrid fumes, smoke, smog and  horrid pollution in the air. 

And to add to the misery, and even crown it, people heap up garbage and set it to blaze. Little angelic students with   cheap face and gas masks, weave and wobble. 

*Little do these leaders and in  governance care, that the detrimental effects of foul air go beyond early mortality, and exposure has lifelong consequences for the young.

About 300 millions students/children in the world breathe highly toxic air, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report released just this Monday that used satellite imagery to illustrate the magnitude of the problem,

The vast majority of these children, about 220 million, live in South Asia, in places where air pollution is at least six times  the level the World Health Organization considers safe, Unicef said.
The agency said the children faced serious health risks as a result.

'' Children are uniquely vulnerable because their lungs are still developing, said Nicholas Rees, the author of the report.

''Early exposure to toxic air has life long consequences for them,'' he said.
Among the most dangerous pollutants are all particles known as PM2.5 which are small faction of the width of human air.

They can be released from fossil fuel combustion and industry, and include natural sources like dust.

*The ultrafine particles enter the bloodstream through the lungs, worsening cardiac disease and increasing the risk of stroke and heart failure, in addition to causing severe respiratory problems, like asthma and pneumonia*.

Early studies also suggest a possible link between pollution and children's cognitive function, the Unicef report noted.

It also cited numerous studies connecting chronic exposure to high pollution  with an increased risk of miscarriage and early labor in pregnant women, and low birth weight.

Globally, about seven million deaths  are linked to air pollution, 600,000 of them children under 5, the Unicef report said, citing World Health Organization studies in 2012 and 2015.

Air pollution is linked to  *one in 10 deaths of  students/children under 5*, the W.H.O has reported.

But in its report, Unicef also argued that the effects of toxic air go well beyond early mortality, in particular for children, in whom the lifelong effects are only now being understood.

Beyond the students/children living in the lost toxic air,   about 2 billion students/children  in the world,  constituting the vast majority, live in places where air pollution exceeds the level that the  W.H.O  considers unhealthy, the report said.

And Unicef warned the  students/children's health could be increasingly at risk in the ensuing decades as the most populous countries rapidly industrialize, a factor that historically has been accompanied by rising rates of air pollution.

But the future doesn't have to be that way, Ramanan Laxminarayan, a senior research scholar at the  Princeton Environment Institute,  argued in an interview.

He noted that China, where pollution soared during the industrialization, has radically changed course.

''China is investing significantly in clean-air-technology on a scale unprecedented,'' Mr.  Laxminarayan said.

Air pollution is about as severe in India, he said, but the causes are in some ways more easily correctable, like the burning of paddy straw by northern Indian farmers after they harvest it.

''This is just gross stupidity,'' Mr. Laxminarayan said, and alternative ways of disposing of the crop can easily be found without compromising India's economic future.  

Industry is not yet as big a source of  air pollution  in India,  where development so far has come from less polluting industries like pharmaceuticals, giving India a choice of whether to take a different route in future development, Mr. Laxminarayan said.

India has taken some steps toward charting a cleaner road to development but needs to be much bolder if it is to protect its  students/children health, he said.

''India could have been a country to get rich without China's type of Industrial pollution,'' he said. 
''It is throwing away that opportunity.''

With respectful dedication to all the Leaders of the Underdeveloped World, and the  Developing World. See Ya all  Your Excellencies,  on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' The Green World '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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