Air Pollution Particles Found in Mothers’ Placentas

Scientists have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Toxic air is already strongly linked to harm in foetuses but how the damage is done is unknown. The new study, involving mothers living in London, UK, revealed sooty …

Asthma Deaths Rise 25% amid Growing Air Pollution Crisis

A record number of people are dying of asthma, and experts have warned growing air pollution and a lack of basic care could be to blame. In England and Wales 1,320 people died of asthma last year, a sharp rise of more than 25% over a decade, according to data …

Red Flag for Air Quality as London Breaches Pollution Limit

London has officially broken annual legal limits for air pollution, sparking fresh calls for the government to take urgent action to improve air quality in the UK. According to provisional data released today by King’s College London, which manages air quality monitors throughout the city, Brixton Road in South London …

Mayor Sadiq Khan Launches Cleaner Vehicle Checker

London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new online Cleaner Vehicle Checker, designed to make it easier for motorists to assess the real world emissions released by new vehicles. Launched just days ahead of next week’s introduction of a £10 Toxicity Charge, which will be levelled on the most polluting …

Sadiq Khan: Gove Must Get a Grip on ‘Life and Death’ Air Pollution Crisis

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain’s “life and death” air pollution crisis. Last week, Khan activated the capital’s emergency alert system after experts warned toxic air in the capital …

Use Buggy Covers to Combat Air Pollution Danger, Parents Warned

Parents should use covers on their prams during the school run to protect their infants from air pollution, experts have warned. Scientists tested the pollution levels inside prams to assess the exposure of infants taken on the school run with older siblings. The researchers found that the fine particle pollution …