Air pollution causes 'one in 20 deaths in the South East'

Air pollution causes 'one in 20 deaths in the South East'

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Paul Miles

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Air pollution causes 'one in 20 deaths in the South East'

New figures have revealed one in 20 deaths in the South East are caused by air pollution.

Public Health England has released statistics today on the number of people dying because of air pollution.

In Slough , 51 deaths were caused by air pollution in 2010 compared to 69 deaths in Windsor and Maidenhead and 58 in Wokingham.

 

Keith Taylor, the Green Party's MEP for South East England and a clean air campaigner, said: "These new statistics, which show that thousands of people are dying because of air pollution, make it clear that urgent action is needed to clean up our air.

"The fact that thousands are dying because of air pollution should be a source of shame for Ministers. Yet, despite the mounting evidence of this major public health threat, the Government is doing far too little to reduce air pollution."

Public Health England's report estimates that 5.5% of deaths in South East England were attributable to air pollution, a total of 4034 deaths.

Across the UK, it is estimated that 25,002 people died because of air pollution in 2010.

The new study shows the number of death's attributable to air pollution in every local authority in the UK.

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