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Published: 12 June 2024

Site new care homes near trees and away from busy roads to protect residents’ lungs, says new study

To shield older residents from dangerous air pollution, new care homes should be built as far from heavy traffic as possible, according to a new study from the University of Surrey.

Researchers also found that trees planted between the homes and the road could significantly mitigate the impact of air pollution.   

Researchers studied three care homes in the Chinese city of Nanjing. They measured fine particle pollution (PM2.5) at various locations in and around the care homes.   

They found that the amount of pollution inside the care home decreased exponentially, the further it was from the road.  

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