Category Archives: London

London Underground polluted with metallic particles small enough to enter human bloodstream

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Seventy years on from the Great Smog, Mayor warns that air pollution is still a matter of life and death in London

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Polluted air on Tube platforms could harm commuters’ health, study warns

Polluted air on Tube platforms could harm commuters’ health without action to improve ventilation, a study has warned. Researchers found that air on the Piccadilly Line platform at South Kensington was at its worst during evening rush hour and contained … Continue reading

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Simple measures can go a long way to combating air pollution in schools

Most UK primary schools experience levels of pollution which exceed the safe levels set out by the World Health Organization, yet simple measures can cut outdoor and indoor exposure of toxins by almost half, according to a new study from … Continue reading

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Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies helped reduce air pollution levels and death rates in Europe

Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies such as workplace closures in European cities reduced levels of air pollution and the number of associated deaths, according to new estimates published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. The research, which was funded by the European Centre … Continue reading

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Baby born in area with ‘dangerously polluted air’ every two minutes in UK, study finds

Every two minutes in the UK a baby is born in an area with “dangerously polluted air”, a study has found. More than 250,000 babies are being born in toxic air hotspots every day, according to analysis by the Asthma … Continue reading

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Covid: Pollution increases risk of Covid hospitalisation, study finds

Living in areas of high air pollution increases the risk of hospitalisation with Covid-19 a new study has found. Imperial College London researchers also found evidence people living in polluted areas may have an increased risk of catching the disease. … Continue reading

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Air pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study

Exclusive: research finds small rise in exposure to air pollution leads to higher risk of needing treatment Exposure to air pollution is linked to an increased severity of mental illness, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind. The … Continue reading

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