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Cars One in 19 urban deaths linked to air pollution

11:36  28 january  2020
11:36  28 january  2020 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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MORE than one in 19 deaths in UK towns and cities is linked to air pollution — with the proportion even higher for parts of the south, a charity warns. People living in urban areas are 25 times more likely to die of long-term exposure to pollution than a car crash, according to the Centre for Cities.

More than one in 19 deaths in UK’s largest towns and cities linked to exposure to toxic air .

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A new study estimates that more than one in every 19 deaths in UK cities is related to air pollution. That makes air pollution 25 times more deadly than road traffic incidents, in terms of the numbers killed.

The Cities Outlook study, conducted annually by Centre for Cities, refers specifically to urban areas, where the levels of PM2.5 particulates are mostly well above World Health Organisation guidelines. At present, these are not illegal levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Overall, 62 percent of roads that are monitored in UK cities exceed WHO guidelines for PM2.5. And 19 of the UK’s city road networks breach those guidelines entirely. That means all city streets are above safe pollution levels – an issue that affects 14 million people across Britain.

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According to the study of the UK’s main urban areas deaths associated with air pollution are 25 times higher than the national rate of death from traffic accidents. According to Centre for Cities, 19 of the monitored cities exceed WHO guidelines for PM2.5, exposing 14 million people to the pollutant daily.

More than one in 19 deaths in British towns and cities is linked to air pollution , a report claimed yesterday. It said urban residents were 25 times Zak Bond, of the British Lung Foundation, said: 'Breathing in toxic air is bad for everyone and can lead to a wide range of health conditions including

‘Transport is a significant, but not sole contributor’

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Centre for cities, while highlighting the issue around transport emissions, cited other causes for high levels in cities. Fuel burning, such as in wood burning stoves and coal fires, is claimed to account for half of PM2.5 particulates in urban areas. Not all is locally generated either, as the south of England (a problem area) suffers with emissions blown in from Europe.

Cities with the most and least estimated PM2.5-related deaths
Most deaths Least deaths
Rank City PM2.5-related deaths, of total deaths Rank City PM2.5-related deaths, of total deaths
1 London 6.4% 1 Aberdeen 3.0%
2 Slough 6.4% 2 Dundee 3.1%
3 Chatham 6.3% 3 Glasgow 3.4%
4 Luton 6.2% 4 Blackpool 3.5%
5 Portsmouth 5.9% 5 Edinburgh 3.7%
Deaths in people aged 25 and over, 2017

‘Extra money and stricter guidelines’

“More than half of people in the UK live in cities and large towns,” said Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities.

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Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, according to a report in The Lancet. " Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge - it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing," said the study's author, Prof Philip

More than one in 19 deaths in Britain are linked to air pollution , according to the Center for Cities charity, which works with the government to develop urban policies, independent.co.uk reported. But in the south of the country the picture is bleakest with one in 16 deaths attributable to poisonous air .

“Cities Outlook 2020 shows that they are having a damaging effect on their health, with air pollution killing thousands of people living in cities every year.

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“Cities should be at the centre of the fight against toxic air and councils should take the steps needed, including charging people to drive in city centres and banning wood burning stoves.

“To help the Government needs to provide extra money and introduce stricter guidelines. The deadly levels of polluted air we’re breathing are legal across most of the UK. This needs to change. Failure to act now will lead to more deaths.”

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