If you live in an urban environment – which four out of five of us now do – then you are exposing yourself to a cocktail of airborne pollutants that could be seriously damaging your health. According to one study, if you live in a “major city” then the air pollution you suck into your lungs each day could be shortening your life expectancy even more than the radiation exposure suffered by survivors of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
The World Health Organisation reports that transport-related air pollution causes a wide range of health problems including “cancer, adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes, and lowering of male fertility”.
Did you know… a pedestrian walking down Marylebone Road in London would draw in the equivalent pollution of one cigarette in just 48 minutes.
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