Air pollution 'causing 68 deaths a year' in Kingston

Surrey Comet: Air pollution 'causing 68 deaths a year' in Kingston Air pollution 'causing 68 deaths a year' in Kingston

Air pollution could be responsible for as many as 68 deaths a year in Kingston, according to Public Health England.

A new report estimates 6.7% of deaths in the borough from those aged over 25 could be caused by a combination of nitrogen-dioxide, sulphur-dioxide and other air-pollutants.

Mortality figures and average pollution levels were used to estimate the number of deaths from air pollution, by the agency of the Department of Health.

In London there were 3,389 deaths attributed to air pollution in 2010, with 77 in Richmond and 99 in Hounslow.

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12:04pm Fri 11 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

When reports like this come up with exact numbers like 68, they confer a bogus legitimacy on the conclusions. But the phrase ‘could be caused by’ demonstrates the spurious guess work that underpins these findings. Always look at who is producing garbage like this, because typically it’s a quango with a vested interest in ‘talking up’ threats so as to secure their continued public funding and jobs.
When reports like this come up with exact numbers like 68, they confer a bogus legitimacy on the conclusions. But the phrase ‘could be caused by’ demonstrates the spurious guess work that underpins these findings. Always look at who is producing garbage like this, because typically it’s a quango with a vested interest in ‘talking up’ threats so as to secure their continued public funding and jobs. kingstonpaul
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