3,389 deaths in London linked to poor air quality, new figures reveal

A total of 3,389 Londoners over the age of 25 died due to pollution-related illnesses in 2010.

Figures by Public Health England show that Barnet has the highest proportion of deaths linked to poor air quality with 162.

London hit the worst level on its scale for air pollution last week. A high level of smog, which was a mixture of local and European emissions combined with dust from the Sahara, gripped the capital.

The number of people experiencing breathing problems increased by 34% on 3 April, London Ambulance said.

Take a look at the breakdown of deaths linked to pollution in London:

Number of deaths in inner London

Camden: 87

Hackney and City of London: 86

Hammersmith and Fulham: 72

Haringey: 81

Islington: 84

Kensington and Chelsea: 68

Lambeth: 112

Lewisham: 116

Newham: 98

Southwark: 113

Tower Hamlets: 85

Wandsworth: 116

Westminster: 88

Number of deaths in outer London

Barking and Dagenham: 93

Barnet: 162

Bexley: 122

Brent: 111

Bromley: 161

Croydon: 155

Ealing: 137

Enfield: 133

Greenwich: 119

Harrow: 90

Havering: 137

Hillingdon: 118

Hounslow: 99

Kingston upon Thames: 68

Merton: 82

Redbridge: 123

Richmond Upon Thames: 77

Sutton: 92

Waltham Forest: 103

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  • Anonymous

    By planting thousands of trees across London air quality could be significantly improved at a low cost. In the longer term the use of diesel has to be reduced.

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