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New WHO air-quality guidelines aim to cut deaths linked to fossil fuels Updated: 2021-09-23 06:29:39 KST

The WHO has issued new air quality guidelines aimed at reducing deaths from pollutants that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
In an advance to its 194 member states, the UN agency on Wednesday cut the recommended maximum levels for several particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, both of which are found in fossil fuel emissions.
The recommended limit for average annual PM2.5 have been slashed from 10 micrograms a cubic meter to 5, while also lowering the recommended limit for PM10 from 20 micrograms to 15.
The WHO cited "clear evidence" of the damage inflicted by air pollution on human health "at even lower concentrations than previously understood".
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