The study highlighted the fact that poor air quality can lead to a decreased immune response, impact lung function, and further enable the spread of viruses.
With panoramic views of swaying tussock grass and the vast crystalline expanse of the Southern Ocean, Tasmania's beautiful Cape Grim peninsula is an unlikely reference point for the scientific world.
"It's very worrisome," the father of a 4-year-old boy admits. "I knew that the smog can be bad for health — but I didn't know it would be so bad that my son would be hospitalised." Teachers also worry for the children.
Smoke from forest fires and farmers burning crop stubble has blanketed the popular tourist destination in recent weeks.
The operation's five squads are the latest effort by authorities in Lahore, near the border with India, to curb an annual pollution spike that has left more than 11 million residents gasping for air.
It says that nearly 99 per cent of the world's population is exposed to air that is polluted beyond the recommended guidelines.
In a shocking incident a lake in Argentina turned bright pink due to excess of chemicals polluting the area. The lagoon in the southern Patagonia region turned pink due to a chemical substance used to export prawns.
Social networking sites in Palestine circulated a video clip, showing a water stream running in red in the Qarawat Bani Zeid village north of Ramallah.
Pollution also led to around 25,000 premature deaths in India's financial hub Mumbai in 2020, according to the report. "The need of the hour is to rapidly scale up renewable energy, bring an end to fossil fuel emissions and boost sustainable and accessible transport systems," the report said..