Agency study highlights air quality threat

Around 32,000 deaths in the UK each year are a result of poor air quality, with pollution shortening lives by six months, according to the Environment Agency.

Research out this week warns that 37 per cent of toddlers exceed the World Health Organisation's recommended maximum daily intake of dioxins.

Ozone causes 1,300 premature deaths and 850 hospital admissions annually, the agency says. It warns that by 2030 there could be thousands more ozone-related deaths and hospital admissions annually.

The agency highlights flooding and climate change as major health threats, predicting that 3.6 million people will be at high risk by 2080. The danger escalates if water contains sewage or other pollutants.

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