The extent of the Mayor’s truly appalling record on air quality has been highlighted by the release of new research from Clean Air London which suggests that as many as 7,500 Londoners a year are dying from air pollution.
Clean Air London also suggested that the number of people currently dying as a result of air pollution could be as high as 7,500 a year in London. The data which was released this week by Simon Birkett of Clean Air London is drawn from a study commissioned by the Mayor as part of the Health Impact Assessment for the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone and states that current estimates suggest 6,851 Londoners could die each year by 2020 as a consequence of the capital’s air pollution problem.
Prior to this study, it was believed that 4,300 lives were prematurely lost in the capital each year as a result of air pollution. The new figures include analysis of the impact of additional categories of pollutants which are known to be detrimental to public health.
In the summer the Mayor provided more details on an Ultra-Low Emission Zone but the scheme would only cover a small area of London and won’t come into effect until after 2020. It’s a good scheme but it doesn’t go far enough.