Air Pollution is UK’s biggest environmental health threat, causing nearly 40,000 premature deaths per year. The health impacts of air pollution in the UK are linked to various diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, stroke and heart diseases.
The UK Health Forum and Imperial College London, in collaboration with and funded by Public Health England developed a modeling framework and estimated that a 1 µg/m3 reduction in fine particulate air pollution in England could prevent around 50,900 cases of coronary heart disease, 16,500 strokes, 9,300 cases of asthma and 4,200 lung cancers over an 18-year period.
As of 2018, approximately 4.5 million children in the UK are growing up in a town or city with unsafe levels of particulate pollution.
There is an urgent need for call of action against the air pollution. The Government has taken various steps to counter the pollution. Various policies have been drafted to cut down pollution by the UK government. But the problem requires more than that a collective effort of us. We all can contribute in making the air cleaner by taking small and simple steps.