The World Health Organization just released a report that has revealed that an estimated 1.7 million children die each year as a result of environment pollution. The deaths come from a variety of causes including unclean water, little to no sanitation, bad hygiene practices, and indoor/outdoor pollutants. Younger children are the most heavily effected and have the highest fatality rate.

Currently, one in four children deaths are a direct result of pollutants in the age group of 1 month to 5 years of age.

The most surprising component of these facts is that some of the more common causes of death can be prevented through resources that are already available to communities that are seeing these high children fatality rates. Some common intervention tools include clean water filters and insecticide-treated bed nets.

Infants face the greatest risk because they have the least effective immune systems. Contaminants that might not effect an adult could kill a young child. Children that get exposed to air pollutants at a young age have an increased risk of developing a chronic respiratory infection and pneumonia. Conditions such as asthma can be permanent issues that children face for the rest of their lives.

Along with these types of ailments there is also an increased risk of stroke, cancer, and even heart disease. Heart disease is one of the greatest killers among adults, and can prove to be even more fatal with children.

The World Health Organization believes that about 90% of the world’s population is breathing in air that would not pass quality guidelines set forth by the organization. They also go on to list ways that the risk factors of pollutants can be removed from the environment in order to prevent sickness and death.

Beyond that, WHO also believes that the increase in electrical waste is another major concern that humanity is going to have to face sooner rather than later.