Air pollution has major impact on children in sport, study warns

Air pollution has major impact on children in sport, study warns

Source:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/11/air-pollution-has-major-impact-on-children-in-sport-study-warns?CMP=share_btn_tw  Jessica Murray Tue 11 Feb 2020 15.25 GMT Breathe GB warns of damage to lungs and performance in survey of training grounds Children at Manorfield primary in London at the launch of a Breathe GB study. Photograph: PinPep/Rex/Shutterstock Britain’s future sporting performance could be hampered by air pollution because some training grounds are in areas with dangerously high pollution levels, a report has revealed. The Breathe GB study analysed pollution levels at 94 sporting sites, with one of the highest recorded levels at Birmingham’s Perry Park, host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Other important training grounds, such as the running track where Sir Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu trained, have pollution levels that breach World Health Organization (WHO) recommended limits. The study suggests children exercising in areas of high pollution will experience stunted lung function that will limit their future sporting performance. Dr Ian Mudway, a senior lecturer in respiratory toxicology at King’s College London, said: “A child growing up with asthma in a polluted city will...
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World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum

Source: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/worlds-largest-platform-air-quality-data-launched-tenth-world-urban  Abu Dhabi 10 February 2020  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with UN-Habitat and IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, today launched the world’s largest air quality data platform, bringing together real-time air pollution data from over 4,000 contributors, including citizens, communities, governments and the private sector to work towards healthier, more sustainable cities. Launched at the Tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, this partnership – currently reaching over 15 million users and covering more than 7,000 cities worldwide – aims to sustain and grow the world’s foremost air quality databank. The data, shared on a single, UN-coordinated platform, will empower governments to take action to improve policy, allow citizens to make more informed health choices and demand action from their governments, while giving businesses the ability to make investment decisions that promote a cleaner, greener environment. The need to act is urgent. Globally, 7 million people die each year because of air pollution; 650,000 of these are children. Air pollutants...
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