40 MILLION BRITONS LIVING IN AREAS WITH ILLEGAL AIR POLLUTION LEVELS

London, -Almost two thirds of Britons are living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution, new analysis has revealed.

Nearly 40 million citizens live in towns and cities where the levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are above legal limits set by the EU.

The study commissioned by the Labour Party raises fresh concerns over the public health impact of air pollution, after a string of findings linked poor air quality to disease and early death.

The new data reveals 59 per cent of people in the UK are living amid illegal pollution levels. Towns and cities including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Burnley, Leeds and Sheffield all breach NO2 limits, as do many areas of London.

In the capital alone, NO2 pollution, which is caused mostly by diesel vehicles, is responsible for 5,900 early deaths each year.

Under the EU’s legally-binding Air Quality Directive, levels of NO2 should not exceed 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air.(QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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