LONDON (CBSMiami) – Researchers are exploring the effects of air pollution on children’s health and the steps governments can take to create a cleaner environment.
For more information, scientists use a special belt to track the movements of 3,500 children. 84 studies from England participate in the four-year study, with students aged 6 to 9 years.
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London is one of the most polluted cities in Europe.
“Even if you live in the countryside right now, you know, you’re not far from a main road, a busy road,” Father Faye Angel said.
Impacts can be fatal. Last year, a coroner ruled that air pollution contributed to the death of a nine-year-old British girl who died after an asthma attack.
“Children are particularly vulnerable because they are experiencing a period of rapid growth. The key organs of the heart, lungs and brain, which we know are affected by air pollution, ”said James Scales, an associate researcher at Queen Mary University in London.
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To stop the smog, London introduced ultra-low emission zones. Polluting cars charge $ 17 a day to enter the capital. But scientists want to know if it works.
“What we want to see is whether the actions that local and national governments can take really produce a change that gives children better health,” said Dr Ian Mudway of Imperial College London.
That’s where the kids come in. Researchers not only monitor their movements, but also other vital signs, such as the functioning of their lungs.
They also keep track of potentially polluted routes that children walk on the way to school.
“There is a lot of pollution that is transmitted. So it’s good to be up to date, “said May Angel, 10.
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Researchers say that ultimately learning more about pollution is not just about creating a healthier environment for children, but a healthier environment for all of us.