Clean Air (anti-pollution) campaign
Most areas of the UK have an air pollution problem.
Many are breaching EU legal limits for deadly nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
40 towns and cities in the UK are breaking World Health Organisation
(WHO) guideline limits for fine particle pollution.
Even if pollution is within legal or WHO guideline limits, it doesn’t mean the air is safe.
In 2018 London has some of the dirtiest air in Europe.
It is a major hotspot for NO2.
Since 2011 London's air has been illegally breaching limits designed to be met in 2010.
Under current plans a child in
London might not breathe clean air until the year 2025 .
The history of Air Pollution
Air pollution contributed to 6.5 million premature deaths worldwide in 2015 – similar to deaths from smoking.
Burning of carbon based fuels is one of the main sources of air pollution, especially when the fuels are impure and/or are burnt in a poorly controlled manner. So for example, smoke from domestic fires kills nearly two million people each year and sickens millions more, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).