Researchers to study effect of indoor air pollution on children

24 June, 2018, 13:06 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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For the research, children and adults across four United Kingdom cities - Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London - carried an air pollution monitor for 10 minutes while walking along a quiet route, a busy road, a journey by vehicle in traffic and on a bus.

Oxford City Council will today (20/6) join local authorities representing 13 other cities from across England and Wales to meet Michael Gove and discuss Government support to tackle air pollution. Our report called on Government to promote cross-departmental working, force auto manufacturers to contribute to a Clean Air Fund, and commit real financial support to local authorities breaching NO2 limits.

The report also said that improvements to air quality can only be sustained by co-ordinated cross-departmental action on policy development, legislation, taxation and spending.

Air pollution is a mixture of harmful particles and gases, this mixture can have adverse effects on human health.

In Greater Manchester, where Transport for Greater Manchester has organised a series of events across the city region, including free lung-health checks (see story) - commuters are being offered free travel on the region's Metrolink tram network before 7am and after 7pm.

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"This is not about making money, but saving lives - in fact, in an ideal world, no one would have to pay a Clean Air Zone charge because everyone would be driving a low or zero-emission vehicle or walking, cycling or using public transport instead".

Professor Jonathan Grigg, a paediatric respiratory consultant and Co-Chair of the Working Group, said:"The potential for indoor-generated air pollution to cause major health effects in children can not now be ignored". Once they had their results, the pupils sent their data to local MPs and councillors to demand action against air pollution.

Organisations which have pledged funding for the continuation of this project include the British Heart Foundation, Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Airtopia, and the Mayor of London's Office. "This campaign is created to help the public find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how everyone can make a difference".

Walking to school near a busy road means they breathe in 30% more exhaust fumes, The Independent reports.

To draw attention towards high air pollution levels, a group performed "asanas" at the Shivala Ghat here with masks on their faces at an event held on the International Day of Yoga.


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