Outdoor workers need protection from air pollution, says Mick Holder.

While dealing with the Covid pandemic has taken centre stage, another even more life-threatening issue has continued to worsen – that of air pollution.

Recently published research by the Universities of Harvard, Birmingham, Leicester and University College London states that poor air quality from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and diesel, was responsible for more than eight million deaths in 2018 – roughly one in five deaths worldwide.

Further evidence comes from the inquest into the premature death of nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, which found that air pollution “made a material contribution” to her death – the first time this has been recorded on a death certificate. Ella had asthma and lived next to one of London’s busiest roads.


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