The UK have endured one of the worst levels of pollution since the great smog of the 50’s that left thousands dead. In 1952 the great smog resulted in a fog so thick and polluted that it even choked cows to death in their fields! Fog had become a common sight in London until recently when we seemed to have gotten on top of things a little. Then out of no where, a few weeks a go the pollution readings hit 10 on the scale, the highest since the great smog.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) state that the pollution for the duration of 2012 was responsible for the deaths of 7 million people! This figure makes pollution the single biggest environmental health risk, and the death toll equating to 1 in 8 of all global deaths in 2012 was the result of air pollution. Consequently the United Nations Health agency asserts that if we can reduce pollution both inside and outside of peoples homes, we have a good chance of saving millions of peoples lives.
Medscape, (2014). Polluted air linked to 7 million deaths in 2012 – WHO. Retrieved 24th April, 2014, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/822588?nlid=52824_1842&src=wnl_edit_medp_wir&uac=208518SR&spon=17