London Plans School Doorway Shuffle to Protect Kids from Pollution

By Gary Cutlack on at

Revealing the quite horrifying fact that 360 primary schools in London are in places with air pollution the exceeds legal limits, the city's mayor has come up with a plan to do something about it -- auditing the most pollution-hit schools and reworking their layouts to minimise exposure to the nitrogen dioxide fumes coming off mummy's SUV.

The air quality audits will examine the school estates to see what can be done to at least minimise the exposure, without going so far as to evacuate everyone under the age of 12 to the countryside. Changes being looked at include relocating entrances and playgrounds further away from the busiest roads, introducing a ban on cars idling their engines outside, examining the schools' own emissions to see if boilers can be moved, plus more radical and expensive solutions like reworking local road layouts might be considered at the very worst places.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Every child deserves the right to breathe clean air in London and it is a shameful fact that more than 360 of our primary schools are in areas breaching legal pollution limits," adding that " new air quality audits are a strong step towards helping some of the most polluted schools in London identify effective solutions to protect pupils from toxic fumes." [London Mayor]

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