The Guardian, as ever, manages to get the story wrong, it’s not air pollution forcing families out of cities. It’s false reports of air pollution forcing families out of cities. This is terribly easy to prove too:
An increasing number of parents are shunning good schools because of the local air quality while some are even looking to move out of cities altogether, as fears over the effects of diesel emissions on health mount.
Last week a major study published in the Lancet found that pollution from diesel vehicles was stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life.
The research, conducted with more than 2,000 schoolchildren in London, was the first study in a city where diesel pollution is a significant factor.
The point here being that air in British cities is cleaner than it has been for centuries. London’s certainly is cleaner than it was in the 1500s, when deliveries of sea coal became commonplace.
So, if the air is cleaner then it cannot be dirty air prompting the moves – rather, false reports about how dirty the air is. But then, you know, The Guardian and the environment….