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Research has been published today in The Lancet Public Health in an article titled "Early warning signs might have been missed in one in six heart attack deaths in England" from Unit researchers Pofessor Paul Elliott and Margaret Douglass.
On the Today programme on BBC radio 4 Professor Frank Kelly provides comments (at 1hr 40min) in the first of a series of reports in which Camilla Cavendish looks at the impact of air pollution on our health.
19.01.2016 - In response to an air quality alert issued by London's Mayor Sadiq Khan warning of a "public health emergency", Professor Frank Kelly was interviewed by Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London.
“Provision of accurate, personal air quality information to the individual is within our grasp in some major cities such as London, where there is knowledge of air pollution at a relatively fine scale,” says Professor Frank Kelly of King’s College London in a recent article in the Financial Times.
An article in the New India Times discussing pollution in London mentions research by King's Environmental Research Group.
" Sadiq Khan has named Shirley Rodrigues as deputy mayor for environment and energy. Rodrigues is tasked with leading London's ambitious plans to seek solutions to chronic air pollution. Her new boss says this toxic air health emergency causes around 10,000 city residents to die each year. According to findings by Kings College, the shopping district around Oxford Street has the world's highest nitrogen dioxide levels, caused by diesel fumes. The same researchers warned the city had already breached its annual "safe" pollution limits by January 8, earlier this year".
A ‘furious driver’ comments in the Daily Mail on diesel taxes and cites an estimate by Professor Frank Kelly that states diesel engines could be responsible for a quarter of the 29,000 premature deaths in Britain attributed to air pollution. Professor Kelly also comments on this story on the Today programme(01.16.00).
Residents near Highbury Fields in Islington have called on a ban on barbecuing in public parks because of the impact it may have on air pollution. The residents completed the study using monitoring equipment from King’s. This was also reported by the Times and the Guardian.
Professor Frank Kelly discussed in the London Evening Standard Sadiq Khan’s new plans to introduce a charge for vehicles which emit the most toxic fumes. ‘The new Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, announcement…is very welcome news,’.