Monday, November 18, 2019

Bristol's Dirty Air Kills

Five people die each week in Bristol as a result of high levels of air pollution, a study has revealed.

Bristol had higher levels of PM2.5 pollution than Liverpool and Greater Manchester, the study found, but a lower death rate – partly because it is less densely populated. Bristol is one of several areas in the UK with illegal levels of air pollution.

The fine particulates and nitrogen dioxide that pollute Bristol’s air cause about 260 people to die each year, the scientists calculated. These pollutants could cause up to 36,000 deaths across the UK each year, and also contribute to several health conditions including asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

A child born in 2011 could die up to six months early if exposed over their lifetime to air pollution in the city.

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