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UK Air Pollution: How clean is the air you breathe?

Posted On: 15 Apr 2021   |   Posted By: Client Earth

In early October, the UK Government published their latest figures on air pollution data for across the country. The data reveal that 75% of reporting zones still have illegal levels of air pollution. This demonstrates how the UK government has made almost no progress in meeting legal obligations that should have been met in 2010.
“Air pollution has been far above legal limits for 10 years and 2019 was no exception.”
Under existing laws, the UK Government has to report every year on where it is failing to meet legal limits for air pollution designed to protect people's health. The UK is failing to meet legal limits of nitrogen dioxide pollution, where the annual average concentration level cannot exceed 40µg/m 3 .
We've analysed the data for each of the zones across the UK to understand by how much they are breaching the EU legal limits. Find your local area in the table below.
3 out of 4 zones have illegally high air pollution
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