World Health Organization (WHO) has announced shocking finding about air we breathe. It has found that almost everyone on Earth breathes unhealthy air. WHO made its air quality update ahead of World Health Day on April 7. update reported that 99 per cent of world's population breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits. It looked at data from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living in lower- and middle-income countries breathe poorest-quality air. Millions of people die in these countries because of pollution-related diseases. WHO said: "After surviving pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths...due to air pollution."
WHO said its report highlighted need to move away from fossil fuels. It asked governments to do more to reduce levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy concerns highlight importance of speeding up transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that high gas prices, energy security, dangers of air pollution, and climate change mean world must be less dependent on fossil fuels. WHO report included many recommendations for change. Among these were, " exclusive use of clean household energy for cooking, heating and lighting," and to "build safe and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly networks".