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USC Schwarznegger Institute – Pollution: Making the Invisible Visible

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger convened a Talanoa Dialogue-style event in his native country of Austria, bringing together legislators, activists and entrepreneurs to share stories and best practices around combating the serious dangers of air pollution.

The event, titled “Pollution: Making the Invisible Visible,” was held May 29 by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute during the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna.

The Huffington Post – “I Want My Daughter’s Death To Be A Turning Point In The Fight Against Air Pollution”

If it’s found air pollution-aggravated asthma was the cause of Ella’s painful death, her story could change history and policy, and help bring about clean air for all.

European Public Health Alliance – Asthma and air pollution – the time for action is now

Asthma is a public health challenge which requires action now. Air pollution is one of the key risk factors requiring urgent action across Europe.

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways that affects between 100 and 150 million people globally, with allergy and asthma being one of the most common childhood diseases. One in four children under 10 years live with allergy. Ten percent of Belgians between 18 and 44 years old have asthma, 5% suffering severely. Behind the statistics there are many human stories, such as that of Nadia who developed a severe form of asthma over eight years ago.

CBS News – London schoolgirl Ella Kissi-Debrah could become first person to have “air pollution” listed as cause of death in the UK

London — A court ruling could lead to a 9-year-old London girl becoming the first person to have “air pollution” listed as a cause of death in the United Kingdom, her legal team says.

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in 2013 after three years of having severe asthma attacks, her mother Rosamund Kissi-Debrah told CBS News Friday. When Ella died, the cause of her death was determined to be a severe asthma attack that led to respiratory failure. New evidence, her legal team claims, shows her death was caused by pollution in the air she breathed.

Sky News – Ella Kissi-Debrah: Mum wins battle for fresh inquest into ‘air pollution death’ of daughter, 9

A new inquest will be held into the death of a nine-year-old girl, who suffered a fatal asthma attack thought to be linked to air pollution.

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in 2013 after three years of seizures and had made 27 visits to hospital for her asthma attacks.