Air Pollution Editorial By: Ben Parzych

This is a summary lead

"Air pollution is a killer, more of a killer than obesity or passive smoking before the smoking ban. It kills indirectly, through heart attacks, lung infections and cancers. No one questions its devastating impact – here, it is estimated to cause 29,000 early deaths per year – yet, like much of the rest of Europe, the UK is falling well short of EU pollution reduction targets and, on its current trajectory, they won't be reached in London for another 10 years. The smog that has built up across towns and cities in eastern England over the last fortnight is the result. And it will get worse."

My Lead

The biggest global killer, according to the World Health Organisation is worse than it has ever been. Industry, agriculture, and traffic all contribute to this, and it is estimated that it is estimated that air pollution causes 29,000 early deaths per year. The UK now has the most excessive concentrates of nitrous dioxide, The cross-party environmental audit committee says the government should be "ashamed" of its record. According to officials this will only get worse. (summary lead)

Conclusion

"Clean air campaigners say the failure to get to grips with pollution is one of the biggest public health failures in modern history. The cross-party environmental audit committee says the government should be "ashamed" of its record. And the World Health Organisation warns that air pollution – now the biggest global killer – has serious health consequences, even at levels below the EU clean air directive. Professor Frank Kelly, who is the government's clean air adviser, says children at school in polluted areas should be kept in at break-time. This is becoming a national crisis. It should not be allowed to happen again."

My Conclusion

This crisis is very dangerous and will be very difficult to end. There are many solutions to this problem, such as electric cars and solar energy but many people have not adopted them due to their price and efficiency. Clean air campaigners say the failure to get to grips with pollution is one of the biggest public health failures in modern history.

Who?

European countries, especially the UK

What?

The air pollution is really high in the UK

When?

Present day

Where?

Air pollution is everywhere, but there is alot more of it in certain countries such as the UK and China

Why?

Because air pollution comes from the industry, agriculture, and traffic. We don't have many options to lower pollution that are as affordable and efficient as the machines and cars that we use today

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