BRITAIN has been urged to clean up its act after it emerged that 10 cities and towns are breaking international limits for air pollution.
A World Health Organisation report out today says areas from Southampton to Scunthorpe had breached safe levels for fine particulate matter, known as “PM10”.
The 10 urban areas breaking the limit are Port Talbot, Stanford-le-Hope, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Scunthorpe, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton.
The WHO said many more urban areas broke limits for smaller air pollution particles.
Campaigner Client Earth was recently given court permission to pursue a judicial review of the Government’s failure to meet EU targets.
In February, a study put the cost of air pollution to the UK at £20billion a year. Friends of the Earth said particulates cause lung cancer and worsen heart disease, shortening the lives of 40,000 people a year in the UK.