Will air pollution become partly responsible for sedentary lifestyles in the future? Will people avoid going for a run outdoors or perhaps choose the bus to work instead of cycling or walking, in fear of their health? This has been playing on my mind for the past few days now, as more news stories emerged highlighting air pollution levels across the world.
A team of researchers based at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, report that mothers who live near higher road traffic pollution during their pregnancy, and for the first year of their baby's life, suffer elevated risk of later autism in those children.
DEFRA, the UK's environment ministry, was taken to the High Court by international environmental law firm ClientEarth over its failure to meet legal limits on air quality in 17 regions and cities across Britain. Whilst David Cameron would never be confused with Dan Quayle in terms of his environmental knowledge, it is time for him to match his awareness of the issues with the leadership we need to tackle this public health crisis. After all, don't we all have the right to take a stroll down our local high street in the knowledge it won't take years off our lives?
A report showing the close proximity of schools and nurseries to some of London's busiest roads has renewed calls for a campaign to combat air polluti...