Air pollution


More than 4.5m affected, says UN group, while tests suggest children’s shorter height increases exposure on busy roads


More than 4.5 million children in the UK are growing up in areas with toxic levels of air pollution, the UN children’s organisation Unicef has warned.

Tests suggesting that children walking along busy roads are exposed to a third more air pollution than adults, as their shorter height places them close to passing car exhausts, were also released on Thursday.


Government urged to take steps to reduce the impact of toxic air on vulnerable children


Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution.

Environmental groups and medics warn that pollution from the school run is having a serious impact on young people’s health.


Welcome to the the second issue of the Clean Air Countdown, the regular briefing from the global #BreatheLife campaign, whose aim is to reduce annual deaths from air pollution by 50 percent by 2030. 

As cities and regions around the world mobilize to meet WHO air quality guidelines, this newsletter will mark milestones, celebrate successes and highlight top headlines from the global campaign for cleaner air.

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Delivery vans used by Amazon, Royal Mail, supermarket chains and others have been revealed to be one of the biggest sources of air pollutants.


Their engines emit up to 23 times the level of toxins permitted under UK law, according to tests published by the Sunday Times.

On-road emissions tests carried out on 26 vans found that the Mercedes-Benz Citan 1.5-litre diesel was one of the worst polluters – emitting more than 20 times the legal limit of 0.08g.