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Nitrogen dioxide is linked to 5900 deaths a year in London, report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3907 (Published 17 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3907
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Nitrogen dioxide is associated with nearly 5900 deaths a year in London, concludes a report that assessed the effects on health of the city’s air pollutants.1

The research, carried out by King’s College London and commissioned by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London, found that in 2010, the most recent year with available data, the total mortality burden of long term exposure to nitrogen dioxide was an estimated 88 113 life years lost, equivalent to 5879 premature deaths across London. The gas is largely created by diesel engines in cars, lorries, and buses.

However, the report did point out that emerging techniques had been used to assess the mortality burden of nitrogen dioxide and that the figures …

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