Yep, you read that right, according to a recent study carried out by the children's charity UNICEF, as many as 600,000 children under the age of 5, are dying every year as a direct result of the dirty air they breathe.
That's 600,000 totally avoidable deaths every year. More children are dying because of air pollution than Malaria and HIV combined.
The report, entitled 'Clear the Air for Children' also details the way in which pollution is affecting the health of our unborn children around the world. And that's not all, it includes evidence to show how airborne pollutants can enter the brain via the blood stream, affecting a child's developing brain and therefore affecting their lives in the future.
UNICEF is appealing to world leaders to ensure the following steps are taken. Reduce the use of fossil fuels and invest in the development of cleaner, greener energy.
Increase children's access to healthcare, including immunization programs to combat disease such as pneumonia, a major threat to children's health across the world.
Minimize children's exposure to pollution by keeping factories away from schools.
Improve the way we monitor air pollution.
READ MORE FROM UNICEF HERE