of children with breathing problems has been boosted by new research, which reveals that industrial pollution released into the air is a significant factor in the increase in respiratory problems in children.
Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the University of Leipzig confirmed the impact of pollution from industry and have published their findings in a number of journals including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Toxicology.
They did this by measuring the amount of pollution in the air, analysing its toxicity and comparing the health of children from four area with varying degrees of industrial pollution.
Physicist Dr Ulrich Franck commented: "What would be interesting now would be to see how quickly the air pollution diminishes and to what extent children's health improves as a result.
"Whether the total mass of particulates or the number of particles per cubic centimetre is more important in terms of health problems and how we can influence climate impacts are also very topical questions."
One of the tests carried out by scientists on the children to measure the impact of industrial pollution was a lung function test, which indicates how well an individual can blow in and out.