Thousands of Londoners die by pollution
Yearly, nearly 9,500 Londoners have a premature death due to air pollution.
This has been established by the researchers at the prestigious King’s College London and reported by the British newspaper The Guardian last Wednesday.
Gas affects lungs
The death toll from air pollution is twice as high than was previously thought, the paper writes. Evildoers are particulates and nitrogen dioxide: a gas produced by diesel cars, trucks and buses. The gas affects the lungs.
Air pollution in big cities is worsening as motorists switch from petrol to diesel to save fuel. Particulate pollution from diesel engines is linked to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and asthma. Air pollution causes an estimated 32,000 premature deaths a year in Britain and between 157,000 and 319,000 people in London are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels above EU limits, the government says.
To reduce air pollution, London introduces electric buses. The first electric double-decker buses will ride in October 2015.
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