For the first time in the history of the Kingdom, experts in the UK have recognized air pollution as one of the causes of death of a nine-year-old girl. On Wednesday, December 16, The Guardian reported.
According to her, the coroner of South London Philip Barlow found that in February a nine-year-old girl suffering from severe asthma died due to air pollution, as well as due to the fact that the child’s parents were not warned about the risk of asthma exacerbation in such conditions.
According to the coroner’s conclusion, the cause of death of the child was excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter in the air, exceeding the standards set by the World Health Organization. This level of pollution has reached due to vehicle emissions.
In addition, in the area where the deceased lived, nitrogen dioxide emissions also exceeded national and EU standards.
The Barlow Ordinance is the first of its kind in the UK. This precedent is expected to increase pressure on the government to tackle excessive air pollution across the country.
In November, it became known that the concentration of harmful substances in the air near highways in Russia decreased by 2.3 times over the period from 2012 to 2019.