School bus fumes may be to blame for the dramatic rise in asthma and other chronic respiratory illnesses among children across the country, according to a study released Feb. 7 by researchers from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Environment and Human Health Inc., and the University of Connecticut.

According to the report, children breathe school bus engine exhaust about 180 hours a year in the United States. For the thousands of children with asthma and other respiratory illnesses, exposure to diesel exhaust and the chemicals in it is cause for concern,

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