Air Pollution in the UK
The high levels of air pollution throughout Europe is causing 467,000 premature deaths a year. Those living in built-up areas are at greater risk according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) and about 85% are exposed to fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, at harmful levels.
PM2.5 is so small you cannot smell or see it. However, its impact on people is severe, causing lung cancer, asthma, and heart disease. In 2013 (the most recent data available) more than 430,000 people had premature death due to PM2.5.
According to EEA, in 2016, the air quality is not improving.
Italy has the highest number of premature deaths as a result of air pollution. Second is the UK. The findings from this research come at a crucial time, as ministers have been tasked with a legal deadline to produce a stronger, air quality plan.
Data from the EEA shows that NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) caused 11,940 premature deaths in 2013 in the UK alone. 14,100 cases were recorded in 2012, and the UK was still the second worst country in Europe. Surprisingly, very few of us realise that day to day products such as central heating boilers and vehicles release NO2. In London, Marylebone Road has recorded the highest annual mean level of pollutant recorded, being way higher than the legal limit in Europe.
Another deadly killer that many of us are unaware of is ground-level ozone. It is created when NO2 comes into contact with other pollutants under sunlight or heat. The stratospheric ozone layer is protective, but the ground-level ozone can be lethal, causing around 17,000 deaths a year in the EU.
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