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Professor Kelly discusses traffic pollution effects on children in 'The Lancet'

Professor Frank Kelly from the Environment Research Group at King’s College London in the UK warned that not enough is being done to tackle air pollution in view of the magnitude of the problem. "Given the 5–7-year review cycle time of this literature by the World Health Organization and the publication of new guidelines, consideration of these guidelines, and then their full or partial implementation by the European Commission, [there is] a significant lag time."

"Such measures are always costly, at least upfront before the health benefits kick in, and it can seem that some administrations are not doing enough to ensure a fundamental basic right—the availability of air that is clean enough that it will not contribute to subsequent health problems", Kelly adds.

Download 'Traffic pollution causes lung deficits in young children' (pdf, 397 KB) for a full version of the article that was featured in the January issue of The Lancet.