Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Children Breathe In 30% More Exhaust Fumes Because of Their Height

Children Breathe In 30% More Exhaust Fumes Because of Their Height

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.

It's estimated that up to 2,000 people die prematurely in Greater Manchester each year due to air pollution, among 40,000 people nationally. The vehicle industry is partly responsible for our toxic streets, and seeing the Government resist calls for an industry-financed Clean Air Fund is incomprehensible.

Today, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have announced that the potentially harmful impact of indoor air pollution on children is to be the subject of a major study for the first time in the UK.

The BHF is urging government to make this happen by adopting World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines into United Kingdom law.

The children's charity is calling on the Government to prioritise and fund measures which target the most polluted areas and protect children from toxic air in the places where they live, learn and play.

For one day only, anyone catching a tram before 7am or after 7pm can travel without buying a ticket.

Rachel Hartshorne, founder and co-ordinator of Healthy Air Leeds, said: "The council's clean air zone plans do not encourage people to leave their cars at home for short journeys".

The council are urging people to look into other modes of transport when they need to travel.

"If you're travelling in Chester, Clean Air Day is an ideal opportunity to try the Park & Ride for free if you've never given it a go before".

Wandsworth council is holding a series of events across the borough, including a string of events in borough schools teaching young people about reducing air pollution. "This campaign is created to help the public find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how everyone can make a difference".

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.

"We all have a part to play in ensuring that our children, their children and future generations to come enjoy longer, healthier lives because they have access to the clean air we are now denying ourselves".

"Unsurprisingly, rural areas are more likely to have cleaner air".

The experiments, conducted across four United Kingdom cities (Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London), also found that primary school children are exposed to 30% more toxic pollution than adults while walking to school.

Auto parking-operator CitiPark is supporting the day by raising awareness of how electric vehicles can help to reduce air pollution.

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