UK’s air pollution is a major health problem

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

UK pollution
This is a picture of Drax, a large coal-fired power station located near Selby in North Yorkshire, England. Though it provides Britain with energy, it also contributes to air pollution.

Can you imagine going outside and hurting your health simply by breathing in the air? It’s sad to say, but this is the case for many citizens living in the United Kingdom (UK). According to a study from the European Environment Agency (EEA), air pollution levels are insanely high.

Based on their scientific observations, tiny particles in the air from car pollution are entering the lungs of 96% of the population! Meanwhile, upwards of 98% of them are exposed to dangerous ozone gases that also cause global warming by destroying the Earth’s atmosphere.

“Air pollution is causing damage to human health and ecosystems,” said EEA executive director Hans Bruyninckx. “Large parts of the population do not live in a healthy environment, according to current standards.” He believes the government should focus their attention on making laws that improve the UK’s air quality.

Thankfully, many citizens have taken advantage of their political voices and are urging local government leaders to act fast. Considering the link between air pollution and low birth-weight babies, asthma in childhood, and decreased lung function in adults, let’s hope the UK gets their act together before their poor air quality rivals that of Beijing!

Image of Drax power station courtesy of James Brownbridge on Wikimedia