Who Has the Most Pulluted Air in the UK?

Do you want to know which area in the United Kingdom would be the unhealthiest to live in?

According to a new report in the Guardian, London’s Kensington and Chelsea have the most polluted air in the nation. The report furthermore points out that more than one in 12 of all deaths in the London borough are attributable to tiny particles of soot largely emitted by diesel engines. The borough second on the list in terms of bad pollution and air quality is Westminster.

Air-pollution-LondonThose findings come on the background of a study released by Public Health England which also finds as a reason for those high pollution levels the amount of traffic in those areas.

Although the nation is currently within the EU legal limit for pollution it is being taken to court by the European commission since it is missing targets for another air pollutant, NO2. NO2 is in particular known for causing more health risks since it mixes with other air particles.

British Environment groups called on government to tackle the cause of air pollution deaths. A spokeswoman for the groups “Friends of the Earth” to the press: “It’s outrageous that tens of thousands of people die because of polluted air. Ending this national disgrace should be a top priority for politicians. Ministers and local authorities must develop an urgent action plan to introduce cleaner vehicles and encourage the use of alternative forms of transport – people won’t be able to breathe easily until they do”.