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17:30 - 20:00 20 November 2014

London air quality: location, location, location


G01 | Central House (link Map)
14 Upper Woburn Place | London | WC1H 0NN | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Professor Frank Kelly, Kings College London

An increasing proportion of the world’s population live in densely populated three dimensional urban landscapes many of which, like London, have severe air pollution problems. There was a time when the UK led the world in cleaning up its air - passing the Clean Air Act in 1956 to reduce smoke and sulphur dioxide. In recent years however air quality improvements have stalled. The UK has been breeching European Union (EU) limit values every year since 2005 for the modern day pollutants – namely nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and (WHO guidelines for) particulate matter (PM) – and currently there is no prospect of achieving compliance for NO2 in some areas until 2025. What is more worrying, over the same period of time, evidence to support the detrimental short and long-term effects on health has increased substantially: data for 2008 estimate that air pollution contributes to at least 29,000 premature deaths in the UK each year.


Kiran Dhillon
+44 (0)20 3108 5935 | k.dhillon@ucl.ac.uk


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