Poor air quality killed 4,000 people in London in 2019

London, Jan 26 2019, around 4,000 deaths in London could be attributed to air pollution, with the highest number of fatalities recorded in the city’s outer boroughs, according to a new study.
“This calculation is for deaths from all causes including respiratory, lung cancer and cardiovascular deaths,” Xinhua news agency quoted the study published on Monday by researchers from the Imperial College London.
Commissioned by the Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, researchers from the Imperial’s School of Public Health’s Environmental Research Group found that “if London is enabled to meet the WHO (World Health Organization) guideline for PM2.5 by 2030, the population in London would gain a 20 per cent increase in life-years saved over the next 20 years”.
The researchers predicted in the report that London specific air quality policies, alongside wider improvements in air quality, “will increase the average life expectancy of a child born in London in 2013 by six months, compared with 2013 concentrations remaining unchanged”.

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