Action urged as air pollution blamed for 25,000 deaths
Responding to estimates from Public Health England (PHE) today (Thursday 10 April 2014) that long-term exposure to air pollution led to around 25,000 deaths in England in 2010, Friends of the Earth Air Pollution Campaigner Jenny Bates said:
“It’s outrageous that tens of thousands of people die prematurely in England every year because of polluted air. Ending this national disgrace should be a top priority for politicians.
Tougher measures are needed to tackle the causes of our dirty air, especially traffic pollution.
“Ministers and local authorities must develop an urgent action plan to introduce cleaner vehicles and encourage the use of alternative forms of transport – people won’t be able to breathe easily until they do.”
Notes to editors:
1. Public health England: Estimates of mortality in local authority areas associated with air pollution: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/estimates-of-mortality-in-local-authority-areas-associated-with-air-pollution
2. The EU has recently started legal action against the UK for failure to tackle air pollution: http://foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/eu-takes-legal-action-over-uk-air-quality_200220144.
3. Friends of the Earth briefing on air pollution (May 2013): https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/air-pollution-briefing-21993.doc
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