By David Saunders | UPDATED: 09:28, 15 January 2020
A new report from The British Heart Foundation suggests that over 160,000 could die over the next decade from strokes and heart attacks caused by air pollution.
The report cites the high levels of fine particulate matter – known as PM2.5 – as a key factor in the deterioration of health, with current EU guidelines not going far enough to tackle the issue.
Current EU and UK guidelines set the limit for PM2.5 pollution at 25 micrograms per metre cubed – whereas the tougher World Health Organisation limits the particulate to just 10 micrograms per metre cubed. Reducing the concentration of this kind of pollution could improve the health of thousands across the UK
Wesley Baker – Director of ANCON Technologies – discusses the rising dangers of air pollution :
“Nanoparticle pollution is not currently well understood, leaving the affect it has on health equally murky. Small particulate matter is thought to be most damaging due to its ability to enter the lungs and distribute toxins internally. Improving the standards of allowed concentrations of these particles will undoubtedly lead to improved health but it is equally important to understand what these particles are made from.
Our experiments have shown that even in the UK where lead-free fuels have been the norm for over 20 years – there is a significant, measurable amount of lead particle matter in the atmosphere, being inhaled and causing adverse health affects. Understanding the real concentrations of these pollutants will be a key part of tackling this issue properly.”