The UNICEF joined the growing list of organizations who are pressuring world leaders to reduce air pollution after releasing a report highlighting the staggering magnitude of the health impact that toxic air has on our children. The report found that worldwide over 300M children are breathing “extremely toxic” air and over 2 billion breathe air that has been deemed a “long-term hazard”. What makes this more frightening is the report found that the health impact on children is far greater because they breathe more air per body weight and their bodies are still developing: “Air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children under five every year — and it threatens the lives and futures of millions more every day,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement. “Pollutants don’t only harm children’s developing lungs — they can actually cross the blood-brain barrier and permanently damage their developing brains — and, thus, their futures. No society can afford to ignore air pollution.” These issues are not contained to a specific geographical area of the world. In North America, UNICEF found that 130 children live in areas where outdoor pollution exceeds international limits and many of them are in the United States. Considering that indoor air quality is far worse than outdoor this is an eye opening study about our children’s health and safety. The study even gave a wide array of recommendations we can do today including to “install good quality air ventilation and/or filtration systems in homes and areas where children spend time”. HomeLab monitors your home’s air quality vitals , which impact health such as particulates and toxic VOCs, and shows you how to remove them. Their app and experts will also review your home and help create a healthy environment. Learn more about how it works here.