WHO's air quality mortality figures puts further pressure on Government, says CIEH

Publication Date: 18th May 2017

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the release of WHO’s World Health Statistics which says Britain has a mortality rate for air pollution of 25.7 for every 100,000, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy, said: 

“This WHO report highlights the ongoing air quality emergency in the UK. This surely must put further pressure on the Government to address levels of Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the UK considering the paucity of their most recent proposals and even then, the plans were dragged out of them by the Courts.

“There is no time to delay and the report strengthens our call, for whoever wins the forthcoming general election, to take immediate action to implement a new Clean Air Act to address this problem before it’s too late.”


Notes to editors 

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Link to WHO World Health Statistics report: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/255336/1/9789241565486-eng.pdf?ua=1  

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