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How London's air pollution is impacting people with asthma and lung conditions

A 2019 study by King's College London and Imperial College London found around 1,000 London hospital admissions for asthma and serious lung conditions every year were caused by poor air quality in the capital.

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Air pollution fell by up to 50 per cent at commuter hotspots in London during lockdown, study finds

The pollutant nitrogen oxide decreased by 30 per cent on average around key transport routes through London over the past three months.

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Newham to install air quality monitors at 96 schools to fight air pollution

A London council will be the first in the UK to install air quality monitors in every school to better understand how much toxic pollution children are breathing in every day.

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World Population Day: How smaller families will reduce our carbon footprint, says Population Matters' Alistair Currie

“We can't eradicate poverty and avert our environmental crisis unless we address population." That is the message Population Matters' Alistair Currie wants to deliver.

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Boaty McBoatface makes major climate change discovery on debut voyage

Boaty McBoatface returned from its first expedition with data which links increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures.

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Ban black cabs older than 12 years to cut pollution, mothers urge mayor

Mothers of young children are urging Sadiq Khan to press ahead with controversial plans to force the most polluting black taxis off London roads.

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Scientists point to Earth's stash of "missing plastic" in the ocean

Every year humans dump millions of tonnes of plastic in the ocean and yet we see just a tiny fraction of it on the surface.  Now, researchers have located Earth's stash of "missing plastic" as part of a global campaign to track down the polluting material.
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1,000 asthmatic children need hospital treatment thanks to London’s toxic air

About 1,000 children with asthma were among 4,000 Londoners in three years requiring emergency hospital treatment after their breathing disorders were exacerbated by the capital's toxic air.

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Climate change strike: thousands of UK students to walk out of schools today for nationwide youth protest

Thousands of students are set to go on strike at 11am on Friday as part of a global youth action over climate change.

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London faces 'severe' water droughts as population grows, civil engineering experts warn

London could face “severe" water droughts as the capital's population grows, leading professors have warned.

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Can building design reduce air pollution? An architect explains

The way we design buildings could have an effect on air pollution levels, according to Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan, principal lecturer in architecture and environmental design at the University of Westminster.

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'Real eye opener': Family decides to leave London for cleaner air in countryside

A mother from Dulwich who is ditching London for the countryside has said the move will improve her children's health.

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Cars barred on south-east London roads to curb pollution

Cars will be banned from roads around four south-east London schools in a trial scheme to curb pollution.

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