Bromley has lowest pollution death rate in London

PUBLISHED: 14:17 02 January 2013

Bromley has the joint lowest death rate caused by air pollution in London, according to a paper from the London Assembly.

The borough joins Havering with 6.3 per cent of deaths caused by polluted air, though the figure is still above the national average of 5.6 per cent.

Westminster, the City of London and Tower Hamlets were all at the top end of the table with the highest number of deaths attributable to man-made airborn particles.

There are around 4,000 deaths each year in London due to air pollution, with health costs reaching an annual £20 billion - twice the cost of obesity.

Assembly member Murad Qureshi, chair of the health and environment committee, said: “Air pollution is a problem in large cities worldwide, but London’s is among the worst of any European capital.

“These latest figures clearly show the impact these harmful pollutants are having: thousands of Londoners are dying early each year.”

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