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Air pollution: Calls for change to law

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A coroner has called for a changes to air pollution laws after the death of a nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah.

Ms Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, who lived near the South Circular Road in Lewisham, south-east London, died in 2013. Air pollution made a ‘material contribution’ into her passing, an inquest has ruled.

Read more: Nearly a quarter of the UK live in areas exceeding clean air guidelines

Coroner Phillip Barlow said there is low public awareness of sources of information about national and local pollution levels and greater awareness would help people reduce their exposure to air pollution. Adverse effects of air pollution on health are also not being sufficiently communicated to patients and their carers by medical and nursing professionals, he added.

Read more: The air pollution crisis in the UK

Mr Barlow added that legally binding targets for particulate matter pollution should be looked at by the government, to prevent similar cases from occurring in the future.

Read more: The lungs and beyond

After the report's publication, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Ella’s mother, said she would have to always ‘live with the regret’ of not being armed with knowledge of the harmful effects of air pollution. She called on the government to act on its recommendations, warning ‘children are dying unnecessarily because the government is not doing enough to combat air pollution’.

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People need to wake up and stop being passive about it. Pollution is invisible, like viruses and bacterias, and is killing us. Doctors and scientists are constantly warning about how life threatening pollution is. Politicians are, of course, just concerned about their interests, money, deals with petrol companies and so on. They do not care whatsoever about people's health and continue building freeways just a few meters away from houses, they do not invest in green energy, electric cars, buses, trucks, & first world class public transport. Politicians only care about their interests even if that means killing us. Trust in what you see is done, not in what is promised before elections.
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