A recent study led by Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh suggests that air pollution in London is restricting children’s lung growth. The study of 2000 children exposed to diesel-dominated air pollution in London showed poor lung capacity, putting them at risk of lifelong breathing disorders.

Children exposed to air pollution showed significantly smaller lung volume (a loss of approximately 5 per cent in lung capacity). This was linked to annual exposures of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other nitrogen oxides (NOx), both of which are in diesel emissions, and particulate matter (PM10).

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