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UK investigates human death due to air pollution for the first time in history

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According to the WHO, about seven million people die every year from air pollution worldwide, and nine out of 10 people breathe air, the content of pollutants in which exceeds the recommended standards.

UK investigates human death due to air pollution for the first time in history

The mother of a nine-year-old girl who died of acute respiratory failure after persistent asthma attacks in 2013 said on Monday that a second coroner's investigation into her child's death would conclude that air pollution played a critical role in her death.

In 2018, a British expert noted a "striking link" between levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) and harmful particulate matter while a girl was hospitalized for treatment.

The ruling that air pollution caused her death will be the first of its kind in the UK. This case could become one of the precedents according to which decisions made by the higher courts in England and Wales are binding for the lower courts to use in similar situations.

“I hope and keep my fingers crossed that the coroner, after listening to all the evidence, will come to the conclusion that air pollution caused or contributed to her death, and that is all I ask for,” says Ella's mother Adu-Kissi-Debrah ... “All children have the right to breathe cleaner air, and I will repeat that because children should not die of asthma.”

The first coroner's investigation in 2014 revealed that Ella died of acute respiratory failure caused by severe asthma. But the decision was canceled after the conclusion of a specialist.

A second hearing, over the next 10 days, will examine the level of pollution the young woman has experienced.

The family lived less than 30 meters from South Avenue, a busy and regularly congested highway, in Lewisham, southeast London.

Coronary inquiries are conducted in England and Wales in the event of sudden or unexplained death. They establish causes and circumstances of death based on a balance of probabilities.

They do not define criminal or civil liability, guilt or guilt, but set out facts that are in the public interest.

After the death of her oldest daughter, Rosamund Addo-Kissi-Debrach campaigned to improve air quality and raise awareness about asthma, especially among children.

She said the pollution near the family home was "definitely not visible," but the government needs to clean up the air given the number of people who live near busy roads.

“Thousands of children across the UK suffer from asthma, and every time there is a spike in air pollution, some are admitted to the hospital,” she said.

According to the Mayor of London, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended air pollution restrictions have been violated in 99% of the British capital.

According to the WHO, about seven million people die every year from air pollution worldwide, and nine out of 10 people breathe air, the content of pollutants in which exceeds the recommended standards.

Low- and middle-income countries are hit hardest, and this problem contributes to premature death.

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