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Young kids who breathe polluted air can fall behind in school, study finds


Young children living in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty are more likely to be exposed to many different air pollutants, and that can harm their development during early childhood, according to a study published Wednesday. The children’s increased exposure to air toxins during infancy can reduce reading and math abilities and cause them to fall behind — for some, the effect is equivalent to losing an entire month of elementary school.


Source: The Washington Post Ajasa, A. (2022). Air pollutants, poverty, and childhood development.