World Health Organization

Indoor air pollution was estimated to cause nearly two million deaths in 2004, including half of pneumonia deaths among children under five.

Experts from nearly 20 research institutions and universities globally will meet to define the scope and boundaries of the planned, new WHO indoor air quality guidelines for household fuel combustion. The new guidelines aim to define unsafe levels of indoor air pollution relevant to biomass and coal stoves commonly used in poor households of developing countries.

They will complement the existing WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: selected pollutants, issued in 2010 and covering certain chemicals that may accumulate indoors from unsafe heating systems and poor construction – including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene and radon.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC

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