A new research carried out by King’s College, London, has found out that children who are growing up in Birmingham could die up to seven months early because of continued exposure to the high levels of air pollution in the city. The study also claims that the health cost of the city’s toxic air is close to £470 million annually.
Birmingham is one of five cities required by the government to set up a clean air zone to reduce toxic air, as part of plans to tackle the illegal levels of pollution in 38 out of 43 areas of the country.
More than half of children in Birmingham live in the top 10% of the most deprived areas of the country, and about 8,000 children in the city are growing up in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the UK. Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment on the city council, said the results were shocking.