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East London Lines – Inquest to rule on whether air pollution led to Lewisham child’s death

An inquest can determine whether the Government’s inaction on air pollution contributed to the death of a nine-year-old Lewisham girl, following a provisional ruling at Southwark Coroners court.

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for breathing problems. Her home was just 25 metres from the South Circular Road in Lewisham.

A 2014 inquest found that the cause was acute respiratory failure and severe asthma. But after new evidence on local pollution levels came to light, that verdict was quashed and the High Court granted a new inquest, which will take place late next year.

The Guardian – Inquest to determine if London air pollution caused child’s death

A fresh inquest into the death of a nine-year-old girl who suffered a fatal asthma attack will examine the role of the government as it looks at whether air pollution caused or contributed to her death.

New Scientist – Inquest to examine role of UK government in pollution-linked death

An inquest will examine whether the UK government failed in its duty to prevent the death of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, a coroner indicated today.

Ella’s death after an asthma attack in Lewisham, London, has been linked to air pollution. A 2014 inquest found that the cause was acute respiratory failure and severe asthma. But after new evidence on local pollution levels came to light, that verdict was quashed and the high court granted a new inquest.

The Correspondent – Cubatão, London and Delhi: Greetings from the air pollution frontline

Can we ever hope to breathe easy again?

Air pollution affects 91% of the world’s population, and our three postcards give us three distinct perspectives on a complex, important challenge.

Ignacio Amigo sends in a postcard from Cubatão, a town in southeast Brazil which was once labeled “The Valley of Death”. In an extraordinary effort on the part of the local administration, air pollution has been reduced by more than 95% since the 1970s, yet the city’s poorest residents continue to suffer most.

Brent and Kilburn Times – Our Children Need Clean Air Now! Meeting to take place in Queen’s Park

One of the speakers is air pollution campaigner Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, the mother of Ella Roberta, who died aged just nine in 2013 after a severe asthma attack while living next to the South Circular.