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Commuting and polluting – whose health is losing out?

Anne Li                                                                                                March 4th, 2017

 

In 2013, outdoor air pollution was identified as a cause of cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). And although it’s responsible for far fewer cases of cancer than other causes, such as smoking and obesity, air pollution affects everyone. This is especially true on our journeys to and from work. So researchers have been questioning how much air pollution people might be exposed to on their commutes. A study published earlier this month found that people in London travelling to work on the bus or the tube were exposed to much higher levels of pollution than people travelling by car. But travelling by car causes more air pollution than using public transport. Following this study and others, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced new plans to tackle pollution levels in the capital.

 

See original article at: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/03/03/commuting-and-polluting-whos-health-is-losing-out/

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