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.
Higher numbers of complaints about breathing difficulties are thought to have been brought on by record pollution levels in recent days.
Air pollution in the east of England reached the top of the scale as a 'perfect storm' of conditions blanketed parts of the country.
Our region is one of the worst-affected by "very high" levels of air pollution today, with much of the East stuck under a cloud of smog.