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Living near major roads increases the risk of dementia

A decade-long Canadian study of 6.6 million people, published in The Lancet, found that 1 in 10 dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy road was attributable to traffic fumes and noise. The team tracked adults aged between 20 and 85 living in Ontario from 2001 to 2012 and over the study period, more than 243,000...

Air pollution ’causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe’

According to the EEA's Air quality in Europe - 2016 report, 467,000 people died prematurely in 2013 due to air pollution. With over 430,000 due to PM2.5 and 71,000 from NO2 (there is certain level of cross over). In the UK, air pollution overall costs the economy more than £20bn per year - just under 16% of the NHS's annual £116bn...

Air pollution deaths cost global economy $5tn annually

A report conducted jointly by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2016 concluded that premature deaths due to air pollution are costing the global economy $5.1tn annually. This is roughly twice the economic output of the UK, with more than half of that burden falling on China...

Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in the first major attempt to calculate both the human and financial cost, found that air pollution causes 712,000 premature deaths a year in Africa and costing £364bn. This premature death figure is compared to approximately 542,000 from unsafe water, 275,000 from malnutrition and 391,000 from unsafe sanitation. This could develop into a health...

Polluted air affects 92% of global population, says the WHO

Nine out of 10 people on the planet breath polluted air, even outdoors, the World Health Organisation stated in 2016. Around three million deaths every year are linked to outdoor air pollution and the south-east Asia and western Pacific regions account for nearly two out of every three such deaths....

Study finds toxic air pollution particles in human brains

The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined brain tissue from 37 people in Manchester and Mexico, aged between 3 and 92. Abundant particles of magnetite, an iron oxide toxic to the brain, was found in the tissue and abnormal accumulation of these brain metals is a key feature of Alzheimer’s disease. While this raises concerns, the...

Key techniques to reduce air pollution

Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) Is a computerised systems being used throughout the UK and globally to improve the flow of traffic in towns and cities. They are designed to link communications between various components of traffic management, such as traffic signal control, air quality monitoring, car park management and bus priority. Where these systems are optimised, congestion has improved Road space...

Local Government Case Study

What has been going on? Meeting many LGs across London and the rest of the UK Learning about what LGs want and how Deliver Change can facilitate Different ways LGs could fund AirSensa units Free data for Government Part of the business plan for AirSensa, is to provide the data from the AirSensa freely to Government. The purpose of this is so that Governments can...