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A new study from King’s College London indicated that air pollution in London is now at levels which are more detrimental to health than previously thought, amounting to a ‘mortality burden’ of the equivalent of nearly 9,500 people per year. The World Health Organisation notes that there is an established link between air pollution and increased risk of disease and premature mortality, and the Government’s own data reveal that air pollution in some areas of the UK—such as London, the West Midlands, and West Yorkshire—is in breach of legal limits. According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the biggest human-made sources of fine particulates and nitrogen dioxide—pollutants which have been identified as having significant negative impacts on human health in the UK—are stationary fuel combustion and transport.


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