According to a recent study of UK air quality, road pollution is more than twice as deadly as traffic accidents as its number of deaths averages 5,000 a year. By comparison, there are 1850 deaths due to road accidents recorded on 2010.
The said study was carried out by pollutions experts from MIT in Massachussets, Steve Yim and Steven Barrett. The analysis was published in Environment Science and Technology, “Public Health Impacts of Combustion Emissions in the United Kingdom“.
Nearly 5,000 premature deaths each year have been estimated as the effect of combustion exhaust across the UK. Further 2,000 deaths annually have been also estimated as the effect of exhaust gasses from aeroplanes.
The said findings were also parallel to a separate report by the government’s Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), which found that in 2008, an estimate casualty of 29000 people in UK were caused by air pollution.
The new study arrives at a slightly lower annual figure of 19,000, a difference the lead author of the COMEAP study, Fintan Hurley, attributes to differing methodology.