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In new estimates released yesterday, The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.
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In particular, the new data reveal a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
The new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about the diseases caused by air pollution, but also upon better assessment of human exposure to air pollutants through the use of improved measurements and technology. This has enabled scientists to make a more detailed analysis of health risks from a wider demographic spread that now includes rural as well as urban areas.
Regionally, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths related to outdoor air pollution. Continue reading
The Licenced Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has agreed to support the Clean Air in London campaign to build public understanding of air pollution.
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The LTDA has agreed to commit resources to the campaign broadly equivalent to sponsorship monies rather than paying CAL. The campaign is expected to include:
- The LTDA making reasonable efforts to build public understanding of air pollution among its members and the general public. This may include for example:
- showing its support for ‘Clean Air in London’ on LTDA taxi receipts;
- including information on LTDA receipts and other communication channels to build public understanding about air pollution;
- promoting the free CityAir and/or London Air apps, which provide smog warnings and other information and advice, and the Clean Air in Cities app which reports the health impact on populations of long-term exposure to air pollution.
- CAL writing two articles a year for ‘Taxi’ the official publication of the LTDA.
CAL and the LTDA are both concerned about the health impact of ‘invisible’ air pollution on Londoners – not least those exposed to the highest levels of air pollution on its roads – and want to see bold and early action. CAL and the LTDA share many common aims including wanting:
- more ranks for taxis;
- rapid charging at ranks and specific stands which would allow taxis to be electrically charged within 30 or 40 minutes rather than eight hours;
- more choice for taxi drivers in the vehicles they can buy;
- sound transport policies backed by the real-world testing of vehicle emissions;
- financial mechanisms to support drivers in purchasing new greener taxis e.g. structural funding and no VAT on purchases of ‘green’ taxis; and
- smog warnings to protect people and reduce traffic when air pollution is at its worst.
In recognition of the above, the LTDA is becoming CAL’s first Bronze Sponsor.