Giving Compass’ Take:
• A landmark new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health this week reports how pollution from traffic fumes are creating as many as 4 million new cases of pediatric asthma in children.
• How can governments utilize this research and create more traffic pollution policies?
The research found that has many as 4 million new cases of pediatric asthma occur every year because of exposure to fine particles and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from traffic fumes, which can travel inside their respiratory tract and cause serious health issues.
While they grow, children are especially vulnerable to external toxins contained in air pollution. Several studies have shown that there is a particularly strong link between exposure to NO2 and increased incidence of asthma. The threat is global: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 90% of the world’s 1.8 billion children are exposed to toxic air pollutants on a daily basis.
Experts are hoping the study will encourage cities to undertake more efforts to reduce traffic pollution. “Replacing bus fleets, providing better public transport, accelerating the provision of facilities for electric vehicles, incentivizing electric vehicles—there’s a whole range of things that you can do,” says Chris Griffiths, co-director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
Read the full article about kids health connected to city traffic by Annabelle Timsit at Quartz.