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Air pollution responsible for up to 9% of deaths in London, England


According to the London Assembly, thousands die each year due to air pollution (courtesy: René Dupuis)
According to the London Assembly, thousands die each year due to air pollution (courtesy: René Dupuis)

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

December 14, 2012 — As many as 9% of deaths in London can be linked back to air pollution, according to a new paper from the London Assembly.

London and its suburbs are being described as one of the most polluted regions in Europe.

According to a new paper published by the London Assembly, thousands in the area die each year from diseases linked to air pollution.

London claimed the most dismal score, with 9% of annual deaths attributed to toxic air particulates.

In Westminister, Kensington and Chelsea, pollution is linked to 8.3% of annual deaths. 

Bromley and Havering fared slightly better at 6.3% -- but that figure is still above England's overall average of 5.6%.

Related health costs are estimated to be £20 billion a year ($31 billion CAD) -- twice the cost of obesity management and care. 

In the report, the Assembly makes several recommendations for improving air quality, including: Retrofitting older buses to cut carbon dioxide emissions, imposing stricter standards on diesel vehicles and public service campaigns prompting car pooling and walking.

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