'29,000 people a year die prematurely' from emissions

Environmental campaigners have urged politicians not to ignore the cloud of smog that has smothered parts of the UK over the last few days, saying they are "playing with people's lives".

Friends of the Earth's Jane Thomas told Daybreak, "29,000 people a year die prematurely in London alone" from pollution created by emissions.

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High levels of pollution expected to clear

Air pollution levels remain high across parts of England and Wales but are expected to reduce later today. The South East and Greater London are still experiencing "high" levels of pollution, Defra warns.