UK heatwave pollution "killed 800 people"

Soaring air pollution in the UK during last August's heatwave killed an estimated 800 people, the government has revealed. Ozone levels reached record highs due to the hot weather. Levels of fine particulates (PM10) also rose sharply, though overall numbers of days of poor urban air quality were lower than in 1993. Deaths attributed to air pollution in early August were nearly 80% higher than in the same period in 2002. The finding suggests that air pollution caused up to 40% of extra deaths during the heatwave. See study and press release.

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