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Study: 91% of people in urban areas breathing unsafe air

Can you smell that fresh air? Most people living in a big city probably can't, according to the World Health Organization.

They studied 1,600 cities in more than 100 countries and found that nearly 91% of people in urban areas are breathing are that doesn't meet safe levels. So what does this mean? It means their lungs are exposed to air pollution that is 2 1/2 times worse than the safe amount. Asia, South America, and Africa rang in with the worst air pollution.

If people want to see changes in pollution, they have to make changes. It will not happen by itself. Doctor Carlos Dora says "We cannot buy clean air in a bottle, but cities can adopt measures that will clean the air and save the lives of their people.”  Doctor Dora says measures include increasing energy efficiency, compact urban development, designing safer streets and better managing a city's waste.

The WHO estimates that 7 million people died due to air pollution in 2012.

Source: CNN /

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