Lockdown causes 60% drop in air pollution across the UK

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Air pollution across the UK has continued to drop as the lockdown to halt the spread of Covid-19 continues. In some cities, air pollution has fallen by 60% and global carbon emissions are expected to fall by 4% by the end of the year. In the UK, a large part in the fall of toxic gasses such as nitrogen dioxide are a result of the lack of traffic, down 70% since 24 March.

Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 early deaths each year in the UK alone. Health issues include heart disease, strokes, lung cancer and respiratory diseases, which effect children in particular.

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