Clean school buses would help Florida kids breathe easier

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Clean school buses would help Florida kids breathe easier

It’s a common early morning sight across the United States: parents chatting with coffee mugs in hand as they wait patiently with their kids at the neighborhood bus stop. Sure enough, the bus rumbles around the corner and we help load our most precious cargo on board for a day of learning. It’s a perfect scene and iconic memory for any parent.

What we don’t remember is the thick brown cloud of diesel exhaust that follows the school bus wherever it goes. Those fumes are not just smoke. They are full of toxins and known carcinogens that harm our children’s health. Diesel exhaust is harmful for everyone, but children are most at risk because they breathe at a faster rate than adults, meaning they breathe in more toxins. And we force our kids to breathe this dirty air twice a day increasing their risk of asthma and other respiratory illness, some of which can be life threatening.

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