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The Metro – Second inquest ordered into death of schoolgirl ‘killed by pollution’

The family of a schoolgirl ‘killed by pollution’ have won the right to hold a second inquest into her death.

European Public Health Alliance – A Matter of Life or Death

Ella was only 9 years old when she succumbed to an asthma attack linked to the illegal levels of air pollution in the United Kingdom. Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, her mother, has since been fighting to have the authorities recognise the role that air pollution played in this tragedy, and launched a campaign for clean air.
As air pollution has no borders, she is convinced that EU clean air policies are a great example of European added value. She comes to Brussels to launch an initiative to defend EU clean air policies against recent attacks from the car industry and the German government.

The Guardian – Housing approved despite pollution warning to keep windows shut

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi Debrah, a campaigner from Lewisham whose daughter’s death has been linked to air pollution, called the decision “an absolute disaster”.

Her daughter, Ella Roberta Kissi-Debrah, was nine when she died of acute respiratory failure and severe asthma. NO2 levels near their Lewisham home were consistently above the legal limit. The attorney general has approved a new inquest into the death.

The Metro – Medical link between asthma and toxic air ‘proves my daughter was killed by pollution’

The mother of a little girl who died from an asthma attack says shocking new research is further proof her daughter was killed by pollution. Medics have revealed that one-in five new childhood asthma cases in the UK could be linked to traffic pollution. Exposure to nitrogen dioxide – which is mainly emitted from road transport – is now considered a ‘substantial’ risk factor for the killer condition.

Work In Mind – Furniture toxicity: A US giant’s drive for material transparency

usinesses are increasingly taking their eco-credentials seriously, but are furniture manufacturers keeping pace?

Ella Roberta Kissi-Debrah is a name worth remembering. The young girl, who suffered from asthma, died in 2013 aged nine, after struggling for three years with seizures. An inquest a year later concluded that her death was caused by acute respiratory failure and severe asthma.