UK study confirms that air pollution kills thousands each year

The first study to use UK data to assess the impact of air pollution estimates that short-term episodes cause between 12,700 and 19,500 premature deaths in Britain a year. 1 Meanwhile, the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), calculating the chronic effects of particulate pollution, believes that reducing the average UK ambient concentration by 10µg/m 3 would mean 22,000 fewer deaths over five years and increase life expectancy by around 3.8%. The findings spell trouble for projects which add to local particulate burdens.

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