Healthy air for every child

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A joint survey by Unicef UK and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has found that 92% of child health experts believe that the public should be more concerns about the negative impact of air pollution on a child’s health. 88% of respondents noted that toxic air was already having negative effects on children’s health in their regions and 90% felt that the government should be prioritising tackling air pollution as one of its main policy goals. The research found that one in three children in the UK are growing up in areas with levels of unsafe air pollution and criticised the fact that there is no national plan in place to protect children. Unicef is calling on the government to set legally binding targets, commit to a cross-governmental healthy air for children action plan as well as ring-fence funding to protect children and young people from air pollution.

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