This year’s World Environment Day (WED) organised by the United Nations Environment Programme has Air Pollution as its theme. Globally, 9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air, according to WHO, the World Health Organisation, and each year there are as many as 4.2 million premature deaths from air pollution.
But it’s not just a global problem. Air Quality in London regularly fails to meet Government standards, although by chance it’s pretty good today (5 June – World Environment Day) with most pollution indicators recording low. The standards used allow breaches of international guidelines for a set number days each year, but even so many sites exceed the annual pollution levels.