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Action on air pollution works but far more is needed, study shows

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2019/06/25 - 10:00pm

UK’s dirty air still ‘a public health emergency’ despite dramatic fall in death rates

Government action can cut air pollution, a long-term study has shown, with early deaths linked to dirty air in the UK falling by half between 1970 and 2010.

But toxic air remains the number one environmental health hazard, with one in 20 deaths still attributable to small particle pollution alone. The researchers said urgent action was needed to deal with a public health emergency that caused harm comparable to alcohol.

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