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UK lockdown causes estimated 1,700 avoided deaths from lower air pollution, study shows

Research has shown a reduction of approximately 40 per cent in average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution over last 30 days

Jack Rathborn
Thursday 30 April 2020 08:20 BST
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The UK’s efforts to combat coronavirus has led to an estimated 1,700 avoided deaths due to lower air pollution, a study has found.

Research carried out by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) showed that over the last 30 days there has been a reduction of approximately 40 per cent in the average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and a 10 per cent reduction in the average level of particulate matter pollution.

That has collectively meant an estimated 11,000 deaths from air pollution have been avoided across Europe.

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