300 million children breathing toxic air pollution

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Syrian children prepare a fire for cooking. Photo: UNICEF/ Al-Issa (file photo)

Approximately 300 million children, or one in seven youngsters globally, are living in areas of the world with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution, according to a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Air pollution is linked to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases that can kill children or affect their development, with poor children being most affected.

The report, Clear the Air for Children, has been released ahead of the latest UN climate change conference, known as COP22, to be held next month in Marrakech, Morocco.

Basma Baghall has been speaking to the author, Nicholas Rees, a UNICEF Policy Specialist in the area of Climate and Economic Analysis.

Duration:  3'26"

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