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Pollution kills 1.7 million children under 5 each year

Pollution is to blame for a quarter of all deaths annually in children under 5 but older than 1 month, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). That’s nearly 1.7 million children a year, CNN reports. Frequent causes of death include respiratory infections from air contaminants and diarrhea from unclean water. WHO also cites electronic waste, like improperly disposed old cellphones, as major risk factors that can lead to reduced intelligence, lung damage, and even cancer in young children.

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