Air pollution is worse in London than in north of England, Public Health England says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 15 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2743
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Traditional patterns of air pollution seem to have been turned on their head. In the north of England, the cradle of industrialisation and the home of William Blake’s dark satanic mills, air is now healthier than in London.

For example, of 724 deaths in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in 2010, 28 (3.9%) were attributable to particulate air pollution, whereas in London’s borough of Kensington and Chelsea 68 of 824 deaths (8.3%) were attributed to this cause. In greater London as a whole 7.1% of deaths in 2010 (3389 of 47 998) were attributable to particulate air pollution, while in Yorkshire and Humber the proportion was 5.3% (2567 of 48 534 deaths).

The figures come from an …

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