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Breathing easy?

August 2012 by Jianni Bercich

The effects on roadside pollution on transported horses

We are increasingly aware of the negative effects of pollution on our own, and the planet’s health. It is an accepted fact nowadays that increased traffic volumes inevitably mean higher levels of pollutants such as those caused by exhaust fumes.

Cyclists are often seen wearing masks in city centres, to reduce the direct effects of roadside pollution. Modern prams and pushchairs are often designed so that the child or baby is elevated in order to avoid direct exposure to exhaust fumes in and around traffic.

Examples of pollutants which may be experienced on our roads, and not just in cities, include sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, suspended particulates, carbon monoxide and ozone.