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‘Air quality shouldn’t be political, it’s a health issue’

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Research from Imperial College London, and funded by the Greater London Authority, suggests ‘air pollution is damaging at all stages of life’. 

They found exposure to certain particles could lead to miscarriages, cause low sperm count and stunt children's lung growth. As well as cause chronic illnesses, cancer and strokes in adults.

The findings come as Boris Johnson, publicly criticised the planned expansion of Ulez by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, saying ‘it has nothing to do with air pollution’. 

Frank Kelly, professor of community health and policy at Imperial College London, explains the significance of the findings and why there should be “nothing political when it comes to air quality”. 

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