Researchers Promote Awareness on Air Quality for National Clean Air Day

Children are closer to exhaust pipes

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Professor Jonathan Grigg, a paediatric respiratory consultant and co-chair of the working group, added, 'The potential for indoor-generated air pollution to cause major health effects in children can not now be ignored.

Unlike other parts of the country where a Clean Air Zone is a mandatory requirement, the council is proactively looking to introduce the new zone.

The British Heart Foundation's (BHF) research has shed light on how health-harmful pollutants such as particulate matter can cause damage to people's cardiovascular health and increase the risk of potentially deadly heart attacks and stroke.

Referring to the scientific claims that Yoga can improve oxygen intake, Shekhar said such an activity will not lead to desired results if the air was polluted.

With help from Friends of the Earth, the school's eco group tested the air for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) at two different locations around the school.

This will require any individual bus operating on a public local bus service, into the Clean Air Zone, five or more times per day to be ultra low emission bus standard.

As previously reported by Post&Parcel, Leeds announced earlier this week that it is soon about to open the final consultation on its proposed Clean Air Zone plans.

"I hope that Clean Air Day will really focus attention on these important issues and, more importantly, encourage us all to take action".

"They knew absolutely the things that they wanted to see, from more electric vehicle charging points in Waltham Forest, tougher penalties to those idling outside the school gate, more enforcement of the most polluting industries and vehicles in our borough, to adults taking less auto journeys and walking around the borough more, especially for the daily school runs".

"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".

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, said: "It's not an exaggeration to say that poor air quality is one of the biggest - and deadliest - challenges of the modern age".

Neil Parish MP, chair of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said: "Whilst we appreciate the initial positive steps, we are concerned that the Government is shying away from the bold action needed to tackle this crisis".

"We wouldn't make our children drink dirty water, so why are we allowing them to breathe dirty air?"

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