Children exposed to 30% more air pollution than adults, says charity

Children 30% more exposed to car fumes than adults because they are short

Spending extended periods of time in conditions where air pollution is high can increase the chances of heart and chest disease, strokes and cancer.

The survey will go live on Clean Air Day on Thursday 21 June at www.york.gov.uk/consultations.

A new working group, led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), has been established to study the effects of indoor air pollution on child health and what can be done to combat it.

"We are extremely disappointed that the Government has not taken stronger action on auto manufacturers".

Pledges to take action include: leaving the auto at home just one day a week; car-sharing when possible; working from home regularly; walking and cycling more; and encouraging friends to do the same.

"The council is undertaking work to identify those most likely to be adversely affected by the introduction of a Clean Air Zone".

"This is not about making money, but saving lives - in fact, in an ideal world, no one would have to pay a Clean Air Zone charge because everyone would be driving a low or zero-emission vehicle or walking, cycling or using public transport instead".

The council are urging people to look into other modes of transport when they need to travel.

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The Road Haulage Association is outraged at Leeds City Council plans to charge pre-Euro VI lorries £50 per day to enter their Clean Air Zone - due to be launched in January 2020.

The council's air quality spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "We strongly support National Clean Air Day because it's a good way to raise awareness about how the quality of London's air can be improved".

'Indoor air pollution needs to be taken as seriously as outdoor air pollution'.

According to the charity, children are exposed to 30 per cent more pollution than most adults when walking down the street, because their height means they are closer to exhaust pipes.

Earlier this month the children attended a training session in the Council Chamber at Waltham Forest Town Hall where they shared their views on how air quality could be improved in the borough with deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for the environment Councillor Clyde Loakes.

The council is proposing to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). Tackling air pollution is not just on one day a year, so teachers can still plan a lesson after the day.

Alternative fuels provider Certas is calling for businesses to offer their views on alternative fuels and the role they have to play in the UK's efforts to reduce air pollution.

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