Smart Transport

Time to treat air pollution as the emergency it is

lisa hopkinson

The death of nine year old Ella Kissi-Debrah made legal history late last year when, for the first time, air pollution was recorded as a cause in an individual’s death in the UK.

Ella and her family lived close to the busy South Circular Road in Lewisham, south-east London, where levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution constantly exceeded legal limits. She died from a severe asthma attack in 2013. It took a determined campaign by her mother to overturn the findings of a previous inquest and record the true cause of her little girl’s death. 

The UK has one of the highest childhood asthma rates in the world: one-in-11 UK children receive treatment for it.

The UK has one of the highest childhood asthma rates in the world: one-in-11 UK children receive treatment for it.