Pollutionwatch: the fight to protect children from dirty air

Pollutionwatch: the fight to protect children from dirty air

Rather than relying on court cases, is it time for the right to clean air to be enshrined in UK and US law?

Last week the high court ruled that the UK Environment Agency must do more to protect a five-year-old boy from dangerous fumes leaking from a nearby landfill site. It was among recent legal cases focusing on air pollution.

In 2020 the coroner’s court concluded that air pollution was a factor in the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived alongside London’s South Circular road, and in 2021 French courts halted the deportation of a Bangladeshi man due to the risks posed by air pollution in his home country.

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