Air pollution in UK: the public health problem that won’t go away

  title={Air pollution in UK: the public health problem that won’t go away},
  author={Nigel Hawkes},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • N. Hawkes
  • Published 22 May 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
Sixty years after the Clean Air Act, air pollution is back in the headlines. The government has been accused of a failure to act while drivers of diesel cars, who were encouraged to believe they were doing the environment a favour, are now categorised as polluters in chief. Air pollution now kills 29  000 people a year in the UK, according to the headlines. In 2011, the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons said: “The costs to society from poor air quality are on a par with… 
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