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More than one in 24 deaths in Yorkshire's cities are now linked to air pollution

More than one in 24 deaths in Yorkshire's cities are now linked to air pollution.

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That's according to a new report released by the think tank Centre for Cities'. That's 21 times the regional rate of deaths from traffic accidents.

In total, an estimated 1,514 air pollution related deaths happen in Yorkshire's cities each year.

The proportion of air pollution related deaths are highest in Hull. There were 128 deaths in just one year in the city, nearly 5% of the adult deaths in the city.

Barnsley has the smallest proportion of air pollution related deaths in Yorkshire, with 94 deaths across the town.

These deadly levels of PM2.5 are currently legal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, despite breaking the World Health Organization's air pollution guidelines.

128
deaths related to air pollution in Hull = 4.9% of population
300
deaths related to air pollution in Leeds = 4.5% of population
300
deaths related to air pollution in Sheffield = 3.9% of population

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities, said:

More than half of people in the UK live in cities and large towns. And while they offer people good employment and lifestyle opportunities Cities Outlook 2020 shows that they also having a damaging effect on their health, with air pollution killing thousands of people living in cities every year.

"Politicians often talk tough on addressing air pollution but we need to see more action. People in Yorkshire should be at the centre of the fight against its toxic air and councils should take the steps needed, including charging people to drive in city centres and banning wood burning stoves.

"To help the Government needs to provide Yorkshire's councils with extra money and introduce stricter guidelines. The deadly levels of polluted air in Yorkshire are entirely legal. This needs to change. As a matter of urgency the Government should adopt WHO's stricter guidelines around PM2.5 emissions. Failure to act now will lead to more deaths in Yorkshire."

– Andrew Carter