Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the Department for the Environment must draw up urgent plans to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide in Britain’s cities, which kills 7,000 people a year.
The car industry should be asking: Where have they been piling up the corpses? Death by NO2 should be fairly clear to the doctor/coroner. Should be stacks of death certificates to detail that, at least.
The Telegraph then goes on about PM10 emissions; nought to do with NO2. And then; the US EPA either violated the Nuremberg protocols by deliberately exposing test subjects to a hazardous substance in their laboratory trials; or particulates are relatively innocuous; if somewhat annoying.
Re: Nitrogen dioxide in Britain’s cities kills 7,000 people a year
This is the usual agenda driven reporting which translates life expectancy due to all causes into deaths.
The data also relies on whole life exposure.
Some years back the department of the environment or whatever it was called, commissioned an impressive neutrally worded report looking into pollution and reported that no where in the Uk were the levels above the "safe" threshold except briefly (during rush hour) in some places at some times.
I shall have to dig this out but what it actually reported was the change in life expectancy due to changes in the levels of pollutants.
Far from 7000 deaths a year it most probably (from my reading of it which may be flawed) a loss of a couple of weeks of life expectancy.