July 15, 2024



Toxic air is making children struggle at school from the moment they are born


By Shannon McDonagh

Children exposed to high levels of air pollution are more likely to experience problems with development in their adolescence.

A study from Columbia University, USA found that children raised in areas with toxic air are more likely to struggle with spelling, reading comprehension, and maths. This begins in the womb and affects them later in life through years of schooling.

Two hundred children from New York’s diverse, working-class neighbourhoods of North Manhattan and the Bronx were monitored for over a decade to understand the unnoticed effect of air pollution on their education.

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