MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to WHO, the highest levels of air pollution were registered in the Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asia.
"Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health," Maria Neira, WHO director for public health, environmental and social determinants of health, said.pollution levels in low- and middle-income cities of Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asia regions exceeded WHO norms by 5 to 10 times.
"At the same time, awareness is rising and more cities are monitoring their air quality. When air quality improves, global respiratory and cardiovascular-related illnesses decrease," Neira stressed.
Over a half of monitored cities in high-income countries in Europe, both Americas and the Western Pacific have reduced their air pollution levels by more than 5 percent in five years, WHO data showed.