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World Health Organization: Indoor Air Pollution and Health

World Health Organization: Indoor Air Pollution and Health

According to the 2004 assessment of the International Energy Agency, the number of people relying on biomass fuels such as wood, dung and agricultural residues, for cooking and heating will continue to rise. Cooking and heating with such solid fuels on open fires or stoves without chimneys leads to indoor air pollution. This indoor smoke contains a range of health-damaging pollutants including small soot or dust particles that are able to penetrate deep into the lungs. The World Health Organization (WHO) has assessed the contribution of a range of risk factors to the burden of disease and revealed indoor air pollution as the 8th most important risk factor and responsible for 2.7% of the global burden of disease . Globally, indoor air pollution from solid fuel use is responsible for 1.6 million deaths due to pneumonia, chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer. WHO, as the global public health agency, is advocating for the integration of health in international and national energy policies and programmes.


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Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh
23 weeks ago
This is a short description about "Indoor air pollution", by the World Health Organization. The narrative is concise, though clear and informative, however it does not include some other sources of internal air pollution, such as indoor volatile compounds, radon emission and synthetic materials used at home. It is insufficient, and also not that much attractive to students. Adding a map or some graphics could help students to learn better. If it is going to be a good learning material, some sort of interactive learning tool should also be added.
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