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Reportedly, WHO is supporting the implementation of some health-wise policy measures like that of adopting clean cooking, promoting the use of cleaner modes of transport and energy efficient urban planning among others.

Singh said only farmers can not be blamed for pollution due to crop burning as the Ministry of Earth Sciences has said pollution load from transport was around 41 per cent.

The report noted that air pollution is one of the leading threats to child health, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths in children under five years of age.

The WHO report, "Prescribing clean air", summarised the latest scientific knowledge on the effect on children of air pollution, which affects about 93% of children globally.

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The report said that at least 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections across the world in 2016.

"Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives", World Health Organization chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said in a statement. Children who have been exposed to high levels of air pollution may be at greater risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease later in life.

"This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their full potential" said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement. While in low and middle-income countries, 98% of children under the age of five are exposed to high PM 2.5 level, in high-income countries, only 52% of the children were exposed to the same level of threat.

Dr Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO, said, "Air Pollution is stunting our children's brains, affecting their health in more ways than we suspected". According to the report, nearly 98% of the children below the age of five in India were exposed to PM2.5 levels. "But there are many straight-forward ways to reduce emissions of unsafe pollutants", Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at WHO said. "When pollution is at serious level, they (authorities) talk but after that they go on sleeping", the amicus said, adding that the use of colour-coded stickers which would indicate the nature of fuel being used in the vehicles have not been implemented. These and other methods of preventing air pollution will be discussed at WHO's first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, which will be held at the WHO headquarters in Geneva from October 30 to November 1.

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