Population driving UK pollution
July 1st 2012 | Tags: Health and pollution
Air pollution reduces average life expectancy in the UK by up to eight months, according to the government's own statistics. But ministers have been slow to meet agreed European standards on cutting levels of the pollutant NO2. This comes mainly from vehicles. It causes problems with breathing - particularly for people with heart or lung problems. London has the worst air of any European capital, and the UK is likely to be fined by the EU over the failure.
Could this be linked to England's status as Europe's most crowded country?
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