Children are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of ambient air pollutants.

Children’s defence mechanisms are still evolving, they inhale a higher volume of air per body weight than adults.

Air pollution increases risk of low birthweight

Air pollution increases risk of low birthweight

A study published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine shows exposure to common air pollutants and traffic pollution during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of low birthweight in newborn babies.

It’s particularly depressing that this research should be published on the same day as the latest report from the European Environmental Agency, detailing the UK’s pitiful performance on air quality.
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Mayor’s office: keep children out of the playground when air pollution is bad

Mayor’s office: keep children out of the playground when air pollution is bad

The Mayor’s office have advised that London’s schoolchildren should be kept indoors for their own safety when air pollution is bad – on average once a month. Read more →

Pre-eclampsia linked to air pollution exposure

Pre-eclampsia linked to air pollution exposure

A new study published in BMJ Open suggests that exposure to ozone in the first three months of pregnancy could be the cause of as many as five per cent of cases of pre-eclampsia. Read more →

Air pollution linked with low birth weight

Air pollution linked with low birth weight

New research reported on today suggests that air pollution can have a significant health impacts for unborn babies. The Daily Telegraph, Guardian and many others have reported on a study from Newcastle University Read more →

Clare Nasir asks: ‘How clean is your air?’

Clare Nasir asks: ‘How clean is your air?’

Our campaign ambassador, meteorologist and weather forecaster Clare Nasir writes in the Independent about the impact air quality has on her family Read more →

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We are Mumsnet campaign of the week

This week we are very proud to be Mumsnet Campaign of the Week. Parents put so much energy into protecting their children’s health. There are so many immediate things to consider that it can be Read more →

Three mums tell their story

Three parents have kindly shared their thoughts and experiences of air pollution, from very different standpoints. Read more →

Cleaner Air 4 Schools Toolkit

In partnership with the Greater London Authority, London Sustainability Exchange have published the Cleaner Air 4 Schools Toolkit for primary schools in London. Read more →

We can’t just move away: air pollution must be addressed

‘My daughter has had bad wheezing episodes recently – the doctors have mentioned they’re seeing more people than usual with similar complaints, which often happens when the weather makes air quality worse.’ Read more →

Camden school children: “We need to stop air pollution!”

Children from three schools in Camden explore the issues around air quality in these videos produced by Camden Council. Read more →

Air Pollution and Children’s Health – the evidence

Air Pollution and Children’s Health – the evidence

This report from the World Health Organisation in 2005 states that existing evidence indicates that children’s health is adversely affected by air pollution levels Read more →

Cleaner air for our children

Children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of breathing polluted air, you can help – join our clean air for schools campaign, download the schools pack →

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