Smog of 1952 blighted lives of children

The “great smog” of 1952 may have blighted the lives of thousands of children still in the womb at the time, new research shows.

According to koodakpress، A paper presented to the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference in Brighton concludes that, in addition to damaging people’s physical health, the spell of severe pollution in London more than 60 years ago could be linked to developmental problems effecting people to this day.


It calculates that Londoners whose mothers were pregnant with them at the time of the smog are three per cent less likely than their peers to have gained any A-levels and five per cent less likely to have a degree.


Men exposed to the pollution while still in the womb were also four per cent less likely than others to have a job by the time they were 50.

The author of the study, Alastair Ball, an economist at Birkbeck, University of London, said the figures are likely to be an underestimate of the damage because of the possibility that only the strongest children survived to be observed at all.

“It is well established that adult exposure to pollution in cities like Beijing or Mumbai can have catastrophic effects on health, but there is still too little known about the effects of foetal exposure to include them in official estimates of the costs of pollution,” he said.


“It is becoming clear that this omission is important.


“Foetal exposure to pollution has significant effects both through its effect on stillbirth and its effect on the long-term health of survivors.


“If governments in developing countries are to make informed decisions about pollution legislation, then more needs to be done in cataloguing this channel.”


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