Let’s take a step towards cleaner air in Southampton

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Professor Ian Williams discusses Southampton’s struggle to improve local air quality

Professor Ian Williams, Centre for Environmental Science, University of Southampton
idw@soton.ac.uk, @EnviroTaff

Every year in the UK it is estimated that 29,000 premature deaths are caused by poor air quality. Approximately 6% of all mortalities in Southampton have been attributed to air pollution – almost 200 per year. (For a detailed explanation of how this new figure has been reached, please click here.)

In our complex and rapidly changing modern society, we – the people – have to have an open and honest discussion about what level of pollution is acceptable to us. We have to decide what compromises or costs we are prepared to accept to achieve an acceptable environmental quality, especially in our towns and cities where the majority of the world’s population is concentrated. When it comes to air pollution…

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