The improvement in air quality over the past month of the coronavirus lockdown has led to 11,000 fewer deaths from pollution in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, a study has revealed. Sharp falls in road traffic and industrial emissions have also resulted in 1.3m fewer days of work absence, 6,000 fewer children developing asthma, 1,900 avoided emergency room visits and 600 fewer preterm births, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. While the pandemic continues to take a terrible toll – more than 220,000 deaths worldwide since the start of the year – the authors of the report say the response has offered a glimpse of the cleaner, healthier environment that is possible if the world shifts away from polluting fossil fuel industries.
Guardian 30th April 2020 read more »
UK lockdown causes estimated 1,700 avoided deaths from lower air pollution, study shows. Research has shown a reduction of approximately 40 per cent in average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution over last 30 days
Independent 30th April 2020 read more »