Queen Mary University of London – healthy air for Londoners

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have played a pivotal role in making London’s air healthier. Air pollution is responsible for around 40,000 premature adult deaths in the UK each year. In addition, research has linked air pollution to a range of serious long-term conditions, such as dementia, heart disease and cancer. They showed that increased exposure to nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in London was linked to reduced lung function – and that falls in air pollution due to the London Low Emission Zone weren’t enough to reverse the harm. Their research influenced the introduction of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and the decline of diesel vehicle sales.

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