Children exposed to five times more air pollution on school run

phys.org | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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A new King's report has found that London children traveling to primary schools across the capital are five times more exposed to air pollution than at any other time of the day.

Some 250 pupils took part in the study, funded by the Mayor of London, by carrying special backpacks with state-of-the-art Dyson air quality sensors on their journey to and from school.

Pupils - Schools - Richmond - Greenwich - Haringey

The pupils were from primary schools in Richmond, Greenwich, Haringey, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea. They each carried the specialist backpacks, which measured fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels, for a week.

Data revealed that:

School - Quality - Audit - Pupils - Exposure

Each participating school has received an 'air quality audit' to help them reduce pupils' exposure to pollution in and around schools and a grant of £10,000 to help them deliver some measures immediately. Further action is then expected to be delivered in partnership with the relevant local authority.

Dr. Ben Barratt from King's said: "The aim of our study was to use personal sensors to highlight children's exposure to air pollution around their schools. We are delighted to see that, as a result of taking part in the study, so many children and parents found cleaner, healthier ways to travel to and from school."

Mayor - London - Sadiq - Khan - Air

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: "Air pollution is a public health...
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