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Monday, March 22, 2010

Lawmaker Says Air Pollution Kills 50,000 a Year in the United Kingdom

Bloomberg -- Air pollution from traffic and industry kills as many as 50,000 people in the U.K. every year, and the nation could face fines of as much as $450 million for failing to meet European Union targets, lawmakers said.

London has the worst air quality in the U.K. and the highest levels in Europe of PM10 particles, which are largely released by factories and vehicles, the Environmental Audit Committee said today. Poor air quality cuts the average life expectancy in the U.K. by seven to eight months, it said.

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