Air pollution, health and government policies: the challenges in improving the air we breathe

Iain McLellan, Gary Litherland (Contributor), Anne Crilly (Contributor), John Lockhart (Contributor)

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Abstract

In the UK it is estimated there are approximately 1.2 million people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is the UK's fifth biggest killer; in Scotland it is the only major cause of death to be increasing and approximately 100,000 people are currently living with COPD and accounts for over 122,000 bed days in hospital. It is the second most common cause of emergency admission to hospital and costs the NHS approximately £500 million a year to treat. Despite this, COPD has been described as an invisible disease, with most of the population unaware of its existence or prevalence.

External air pollution, predominately caused by vehicles of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM) costs the UK economy up to £20billion. Exposure to NO2 is thought to be behind increased mortality (23,500 deaths per year) with particulate matter causing 29,000 deaths in the UK. Furthermore, there is growing evidence of the effects PM has on people living with COPD. Particulate Matter is normally described as PM10 (particles smaller than 10μm) and PM2.5 (particles smaller than 2.5μm) It has been reported in the United States that there is an increase in COPD mortality for every 10μg/m3 increase in PM2.5 outdoor levels.

This presentation will focus on air quality and discuss what the Government policies are doing to improve the air we breathe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages28-28
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
Event34th Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health International Conference on Sustainable Geochemistry - Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Livingstone, Zambia
Duration: 2 Jul 20187 Jul 2018
Conference number: 34
https://segh2018.org/ (Conference website)

Conference

Conference34th Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health International Conference on Sustainable Geochemistry
Abbreviated titleSEGH 2018
CountryZambia
CityLivingstone
Period2/07/187/07/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • air pollution
  • COPD
  • policy
  • particulate matter
  • nitrogen dioxide
  • Air quality

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  • Activities

    • 3 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
    • 1 Other

    BREATH Schools Public Engagement Week Drive - Stranraer Cluster (Kirkcolm)

    John Lockhart (Examiner)

    1 Oct 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    BREATH Schools Public Engagement Drive - Stranraer Cluster (week)

    John Lockhart (Speaker), Anne Crilly (Organiser), Gary Litherland (Contributor), Kirsty McCallum (Contributor), Kimberly Black (Contributor), Mark Thomas (Contributor) & Mariarca Bailo (Contributor)

    24 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

    Activity: Other

    BREATH Schools Public Engagement Drive - Dumfries & Galloway (Gatehouse Borgue)

    John Lockhart (Speaker), Anne Crilly (Organiser), Gary Litherland (Contributor), Mariarca Bailo (Contributor), Kirsty McCallum (Contributor), Kimberly Black (Contributor) & Mark Thomas (Contributor)

    2 Oct 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    Cite this

    McLellan, I., Litherland, G., Crilly, A., & Lockhart, J. (2018). Air pollution, health and government policies: the challenges in improving the air we breathe. 28-28. Poster session presented at 34th Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health International Conference on Sustainable Geochemistry, Livingstone, Zambia.