Health impacts of air pollution in the UK
A new study concludes that around 40,000 deaths are attributable each year in the UK to exposure to outdoor air pollution. The health problems resulting from exposure to air pollution have a high cost, adding up to more than €25.6 billion every year. The report offers a number of reform proposals to tackle air pollution. These include: • Application of the polluter-pays principle. Political leaders at a local, national and EU level must introduce tougher regulations, including reliable emissions testing for cars. • Local authorities need to act to protect public health when air pollution levels are high and have the power to take mitigation actions such as traffic restrictions. • Air pollution monitoring results should be clearly and proactively communicated to the public. • Further research into the economic benefits of air pollution mitigation policies is needed.