EU rules on air pollution too lax, according to new study

Date: 
Monday, 09 December, 2013

The Independent reports on a new study published in The Lancet, which found that current air quality rules might not be enough to protect against pollution-related illnesses.

The study estimates that for every 5 micrograms per cubic metre increase in annual exposure to fine-particle pollution, the risk of dying from natural causes rises by 7 per cent.

In October the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organisation body, classified outdoor pollution as a carcinogen.

In 2009 we published a report, Crime is in the air, by Professor Reece Walters. It highlighted the estimated 24,000 British residents who die prematurely every year because of air pollution


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