Government still dragging feet on air quality, says air pollution super-inquiry

Cesar Mills
June 24, 2018

"While walking along quieter roads may help an individual, the United Kingdom needs tighter air pollution limits to prevent the detrimental impact toxic pollutants have on the public's health". 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.

A new working group, led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), will consider the potentially harmful impact of indoor air pollution on child health and how it can be combatted, in a new study.

As part of the national awareness raising campaign, organisers are highlighting a number of areas where air pollution is causing harm to human health, including in indoor environments (see airqualitynews.com story), as well as publicising actions that members of the public can take to lessen their exposure to pollutants outdoors.

Mrs Abrahams, who is MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: "It's important that we have better air quality so anyone living with health problems doesn't need to worry about dirty air damaging their health".

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

An enhanced Clean Air Fund open to all towns and cities in England funded by UK Government and motor-vehicle manufacturers, sufficient to support the delivery of Clean Air Zones and provide investment for cleaner buses, taxis and walking, cycling and public transport.

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Air pollution is a hidden killer and it hits children, older people and the poorest hardest.

"While services can get busy during peak times, this free travel offer is aimed at encouraging people to think about changing travel habits".

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.

"The quality of the air we breathe from the environment we live in is increasingly becoming a public health concern". "This campaign is created to help the public find out more about the issues surrounding air pollution and how everyone can make a difference".

New research by Global Action Plan found that primary and nursery school children were being exposed to 30% more particulate pollution compared to adults when walking along busy roads, due to their closer proximity to vehicle exhaust fumes.

"Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution".

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