Guide offers schools practical ways to protect pupils from air pollution

Schools are being offered research-based advice to help protect their pupils from the effectives of air pollution.

Academics from the University of Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) have published guidance on tangible measures that can be taken to improve the air children breathe in and around schools.

Air pollution is becoming an increasingly high-profile issue for schools after an investigation by Greenpeace and the Guardian in 2017 revealed that 2,091 schools, nurseries, further education centres and after-school clubs are situated within 150 metres of a road with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution from diesel traffic. The problem is particularly acute in London and other big cities.

Furthermore, research commissioned by environment and road safety charity the FIA Foundation found that air pollution is more likely to affect disadvantaged children as they are more likely to be walking to school.

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