19 Apr '12, 7pm

Air Pollution from Transportation Causes Around 7,500 Early Deaths per Year in the UK

Air Pollution from Transportation Causes Around 7,500 Early Deaths per Year in the UK

2.5 Micron Particulate Matter is Deadly According to a new study published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology by MIT researchers, particulate matter of 2.5 micron (aka PM 2.5) emitted by the combustion of fuel is responsible for around 13,000 premature deaths in the UK per year, while an additional ~6,000 deaths in the UK are caused by non-UK European Union (EU) combustion emissions. The authors of the study found that the leading domestic contributor is the transportation sector, which causes around 7,500 early deaths per year, while power generation and industrial emissions result in ~2,500 and ~830 early deaths per year, respectively. They also estimated the total monetized life loss in the UK at £6–62 billion per year (US$9.6 to 99.5 billion)—0.4–3.5% of gross domestic product (GDP).Steve Yim and Steven Barrett, the authors of the study, wrote: Appro...

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