Dirty Diesel Death Toll Hits 60.000

Dirty Diesel Death Toll Hits 60.000

60,000 early deaths each year in the UK is caused by'Dirty Diesel' road traffic.

Air pollution, largely from diesel vehicle road traffic, may be to blame for as many as 60,000 early deaths in Britain each year, the Government’s scientific advisors are set to warn it.

The Sunday Times newspaper reports that the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, an official advisory body, will publish a report next year showing that the premature death toll caused by road traffic pollution is around twice as high as originally thought.

The official death toll for air pollution in the UK is currently 29,000, but this does not take into account levels of the gas nitrogen dioxide, which is mainly emitted by diesel engines whose deadly effects are not included in the existing official count.

Though the Committee is still finalising the figures, Frank Kelly, the professor of environmental health at King’s College London who chairs it, told the newspaper that new calculations taking into account nitrogen dioxide levels  “would increase air pollution’s contribution to the total death rate from 5%-9% across the UK to 10%-18%”.

Source: Sunday Times and The Independant 

We know we can't controle the outdoor climate directely but we can controle our indoor climate and make sure that polluted tair stays outside. 85%-90% of our time we spend indoors. let's make sure that the indoor climate is clean by taking the right measurements.



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