Scientists believe they have discovered the first examples of air pollution traveling through the lungs of pregnant women and into their placentas, potentially reaching their fetuses.The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris, examined the placentas of five pregnant women in the United Kingdom and found that sooty particles had made their way into their placentas."We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests that this is indeed possible," Dr. Norrice Liu, a pediatrician and clinical research fellow at Queen Mary University in London who led the research, said in a statement."We also know that the particles do not need to get into the baby's body to have an adverse effect, because if they have an effect on the placenta, this will have a direct impact on the fetus."The five pregnant women who took part in the study all lived in London and were scheduled to have planned cesarean … [Read more...] about Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas, new study finds
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TOXIC air pollution can cause serious health problems including stunted lung growth and cancer, experts say. But what causes the toxic air and what is are the measures being called for to tackle it? Where in London has the worst smog? Central London tends to have the worst smog as it is the most heavily built-up area. Pollution can build up in London when it becomes trapped between buildings, especially during still weather. Enclosed streets with large amounts of diesel traffic tend to be the worst-hit. The City of London is the worst-hit area, with 8.3 per cent of deaths caused by manmade pollution in 2013 and 14. Surrounding boroughs Camden, Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Southwark all came in around the 7 per cent mark. Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea also neared 8 per cent each. Boroughs furthest from the city centre are the least at risk of smog. What is toxic air pollution and how is it caused? Hazardous pollutants from industrial facilities … [Read more...] about Where in London has the worst smog, what is toxic air pollution and how has the heatwave affected health levels?
PUBLISHED: 13:36 23 May 2018 Mike Brooke Campaigners from Reclaim Streets installing air monitoring devices in St Paul's Way. Picture source: Reclaiming Streets Reclaiming Streets Diffusion tubes to monitor air pollution have been installed in east London along the busy St Paul’s Way in Bow Common. Using the 'tube' to monitor air quality at Bow Common Picture source: Reclaiming Streets They are being left there for two weeks before being taken away to be lab-tested to see what evidence there is of traffic pollution. The tubes were installed along the B140 traffic route between Burdett Road and Bromley-by-Bow by campaigners from the Reclaiming Streets environment group. “Air pollution damages health, particularly children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems,” said their spokesman. “The diffusion tubes collect accurate data and will be sent off for laboratory analysis after two weeks.” Safe legal limits are said to be exceeded at 62 … [Read more...] about The ‘tube’ is used in Bow to monitor air pollution in St Paul’s Way
MORE than 40 British towns and cities are at or exceed the air pollution limits set by the World Health Organisation. The report by the environmental watchdog worked out the worst offending places using the latest data from 2015 . We've got the lowdown on who the worst offenders are. Which UK cities are above the air pollution limit? According to a report by the World Health Organisation the UK's most polluted cities in order from the worst offenders are: Port Talbot Scunthorpe Salford Gibraltar Manchester Swansea Gillingham Carlisle Chepstow Leeds Leicester Liverpool Grays Eccles Nottingham Plymouth York Prestonpans Royal Lemington Spa Sandy Sheffield Stoke-on-Trent London Hull Coventary Londonderry Middlesbrough Norwich Southend-On-Sea Stockton-On-Tees Storrington Wigan Which UK cities are on the air pollution limit? Armagh Birmingham Brighton Bristol Cardiff Eastbourne Harlington Newcastle Newport Oxford Portsmouth Preston Saltash Southampton Stanford-Le-Hope How bad is air … [Read more...] about What are the UK’s most polluted cities, how bad is air pollution in Port Talbot and London and what are the worst in the world?
0 Have your say Fresh criticism has been directed at the Scottish Government over a lack of urgency in driving down deadly air pollution in Scotland’s streets, with calls for the issue to treated as a “health emergency”. Leading medical charities have called for “quicker and bolder action” to tackle the thousands of deaths every year linked to dirty air, including a reduction in conditions like lung disease and respiratory illness being placed at the heart of a new national strategy.The warning comes just weeks after two experts walked out on a Scottish Government strategy group on air pollution over the lack of “ambition”.The Scottish Government insists its recent Clean Air for Scotland (CAFS) strategy sets out an ambitious approach to reducing pollutants.MSPs will today hear calls for a national public health campaign across Scotland to raise awareness of the real dangers of emissions as they take evidence from health chiefs and … [Read more...] about Air pollution levels a ‘medical emergency’ in Scots cities