Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have released guidance on reducing the harmful effects of air pollution.
Gallagher, J. (2017). ‘Ban parents from leaving engines on’, says guidance. London: BBC Health News, June 30th 2017.
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Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health: guidance (NG70). London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), June 30th 2017.
There is an associated “map of medicine” style NICE Pathways online version.
COMEAP Summary of Evidence
The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) released an assessment of the health effects of exposure particulate air pollution, earlier this year:
Statement on the evidence for differential health effects of particulate matter according to source or components. London: Public Health England / Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), March 12th 2015.
The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health
According to the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, pollution may be linked to around one in six of deaths world-wide, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In the UK, approximately 8% of deaths (or 50,000 possibly premature avoidable deaths) are estimated to have been linked to pollution in 2015.
“Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution”.
Silver, K. (2017). Pollution linked to one in six deaths. London: BBC Health News, October 20th 2017.
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Landrigan, PJ. Fuller, R. [and] Acosta, NJR. [et al] (2017). The Lancet Commission on pollution and health. The Lancet. October 19th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].
The Government’s proposals for tackling air pollution have been criticised for placing too much responsibility on over-stretched local authorities:
McGrath, M. (2017). Air pollution plan ‘unfair’ on local authorities. London: BBC Science & Environment News / BBC News Today Programme, June 15th 2017.
Air Pollution Postcode Checker
Air pollution plan ‘unfair’ on local authorities. London: BBC Science & Environment News / BBC Health News, January 10th 2018.
August 2018 Update
Low levels of air pollution may cause changes to the heart similar to those indicative of early stage heart failure:
Therrien, A (2018). Low levels of air pollution linked to changes in the heart. London: BBC Health News, August 3rd 2018.
Pollution ‘cuts Birmingham children’s life expectancy’. Birmingham: BBC Birmingham and Black Country News / BBC Health News, July 8th 2019.