Government accepts proposals for SO2 pollution warnings

Individuals with respiratory ailments are likely to suffer adverse health effects when exposed to sulphur dioxide at levels which occur in parts of the UK, an official advisory group has concluded.1 The Government's response promises to revise the existing system of air quality warnings, but fails to address the group's recommendations for research on the impacts of SO2 and other pollutants on human health.

The health warning was sounded by the second report of the Advisory Group on Medical Aspects of Air Pollution Episodes. The report evaluates the effects likely to occur from exposures to SO2, acid aerosols and particulates.

The Group's conclusions on the effects of exposure to SO2 are reassuring for most individuals. The available evidence, it says, indicates that anyone not suffering from respiratory disease will be

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