UK’s most polluted towns and cities revealed

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Image caption Port Talbot had the most severe levels for fine particle pollution

More than 40 towns and metropolitan areas in the UK are at or have exceeded pollution limits set by the World Wellness Organization, its new report offers found.

The THAT data shows 31 areas possess fine particle air pollution levels over 10 micrograms per cubic metre, with another 15 at that will limit.

Areas that will exceeded the level include London plus Manchester, with the Welsh steelworks city Port Talbot the worst.

Dirty air can cause devastating diseases and hasten death.

The figures upon air pollution, contained in the WHO’s global survey, found Port Talbot had good particle air pollution levels recorded with 18 micrograms per cubic metre, with the next most polluted UNITED KINGDOM areas being Scunthorpe and Salford on 15 micrograms.

Fine air particle pollution is specially bad for us, penetrating deep in to the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory infections, the WHO says.

It estimates that, globally, seven million people die each year from exposure to this kind of pollution, with most of these deaths in low and middle-income countries, generally in Asia and Africa.

The world’s most contaminated city in 2015, according to the THAT, was Muzaffarpur in India, using a figure of 197 micrograms for each cubic metre – although that will figure is under revision.

Pasakha in Bhutan, Delhi in India, and greater Cairo, Egypt, also had very high ranges.

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Media caption Sarah MacFayden from the Uk Lung Foundation says people occasionally can’t leave their homes because of air pollution

However , while many UK cities had air pollution recorded at or even above the WHO’s recommended restrict, in a number of places the levels are dropping.

In London, for example , ranges fell from 17 to eleven micrograms from 2013 to 2015, while in the same period it dropped from 17 micrograms to twelve in Sheffield.

Worldwide, the WHO’s report approximated that nine out of 10 individuals breathe air containing high amounts of pollutants.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Basis, said the UK still had “a long way to go in the fight against air flow pollution”.

“The UNITED KINGDOM government needs to show leadership simply by adopting WHO air quality guidelines in to national legislation and in doing so, assist to protect the nation’s heart and circulatory health. ”

The spokesman for the government’s Department with regard to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, stated: “While air quality in the UK has enhanced significantly since 2010, this review from the WHO clearly shows the particular impact air pollution is having on the wellness of men, women and children in the united kingdom and across the world.

“Tackling this important issue is really a priority for this government which is why we now have a £ 3. 5bn intend to improve air quality and reduce harmful exhausts and will set out further actions via a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy later this season. ”

The particular 31 UK places (and Gibraltar) that exceeded the limit associated with 10 micrograms per cubic metre:

Port Talbot: eighteen micrograms per cubic metre

Scunthorpe: 15

Salford: 15

Gibraltar: 14

Stansted: 13

Swansea: thirteen

Gillingham: 13

Carlisle: 12

Chepstow: 12

Leeds: 12

Leicester: twelve

Liverpool: 12

Grays: 12

Eccles: 12

Nottingham: 12

Plymouth: twelve

York: 12

Prestonpans: 12

Royal Leamington Spa: 12

Sandy: 12

Sheffield: 12

Stoke-On-Trent: 12

London: eleven

Coventry: eleven

Hull: 11

Londonderry: 11

Middlesbrough: 11

Norwich: 11

Southend-On-Sea: eleven

Stockton-On-Tees: 11

Storrington: 11

Wigan: 11

The 15 areas that are on the limit:

Armagh: ten

Birmingham: 10

Brighton: 10

Bristol: 10

Cardiff: 10

Eastbourne: ten

Harlington: 10

Newcastle: 10

Newport: 10

Oxford: 10

Portsmouth: ten

Preston: 10

Saltash: 10

Southampton: 10

Stanford-Le-Hope: 10